Incorrect car seat installation putting Kiwi kids in danger
Many New Zealand parents are incorrectly using child car restraints—and are unknowingly putting their children at risk in the event of a road crash.
To help address this issue, the Minister of Transport and Safekids New Zealand today in Parliament launched a new tool— the Kids that Click website and DVD.
Developed with funding from the Road Safety Trust, the website and DVD features videos that help parents pick the right child restraint for their children, teaches them how to install it correctly, and where to find help.
According to the Government's road safety strategy to 2020, Safer Journeys, New Zealand has one of the highest child road fatality rates in the OECD, and part of this is due to the lack-- or incorrect use --of appropriate restraints.
International research shows that 4 out of 5 child car seats used are incorrectly fitted in one way or another. "Incorrect installation can greatly reduce the safety benefits of a child car seat," Ann added.
When used correctly at the time of a crash, child car restraints:
"Car seats and booster seats, when installed and used correctly, save children's lives. Kids that Click provides at-their-fingertips information that will allow them to make the right decisions that will give children the best chance of survival in the event of a car crash," Ann said.
To watch Safekids' child restraint installation videos, visit www.mysafekids.org.nz/passengersafety.
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