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.
Plunket welcomes the passing into law of an increase in the age limit for the mandatory use of child car restraints from age 5 to age 7. This will require children to be in an appropriate child restraint until their 7th birthday. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, says this is good news.