Easter is coming up and while it’s bound to be a weekend of fun, we’re urging families to think about kids’ safety in the car this weekend. Plunket have come up with six tips to help keep your children safe in the car while travelling this weekend. 6 ways to keep your child safe
Take your child with you when you leave the car, even if you are only going to be away for a few minutes.
Evenflo, manufacturer of child restraints has issued a voluntary recall notice for selected models of car seats and booster seats. This recall relates to seats with a crotch buckle that may become resistant to unlatching (undoing) over time due to exposure to various items such as food and drinks. Difficulty in releasing the buckle in an emergency situation where prompt exit from the vehicle was necessary could increase the risk of injury.
With the holiday season in full swing, Plunket would like to remind families that every time a child travels in a car they need to be in a car seat or booster seat. Plunket’s Car Seat Service exists to help families get access to child car restraints. If family or friends are going to be driving the kids around over the holidays Plunket can help with a short-term hire for a few days or weeks.
Contact Energy has joined with Plunket to help families in need prepare for upcoming changes to child restraint laws with a contribution of $25,000 to Plunket’s car seat service. From 1 November the mandatory use of child restraints in vehicles will be extended by two years, with all children required to be correctly secured in an approved restraint until their seventh birthday. To help raise awareness of the law change, a number of Contact Energy funded booster seats were given away this week to families in need in Porirua during a road side checking clinic.
Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids’ safety while they’re on the roads this holiday weekend. “Over this weekend have a great break, enjoy time with family and friends and remember everyone has to be properly buckled up”, says Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor. “Car crashes are one of the biggest dangers to New Zealand children.
Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids’ safety while they’re on the roads this holiday weekend. “Have a great break this Easter, enjoy time with family and friends and remember everyone has to be properly buckled up”, says Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor. “If it means taking two vehicles to transport everyone, please do it, the consequences of an unrestrained adult or child in a crash can be devastating.