Today (1 November) marks the first birthday of a new law requiring all children aged seven and under to be secured in a car seat or booster seat when travelling in a vehicle - and to mark the milestone, ACC and Plunket are encouraging families to invest in their children’s safety. On 1 November 2013, the law extended the age that children must be in a car seat or booster seat from their fifth birthday to their seventh birthday. In response, Plunket and ACC joined forces to subsidize over 10,000 car seats for community services card holders, supporting families to keep their kids safe in cars.
Many families will be right in the middle of buying Christmas presents for their children. There’s an unlimited range of toys available at the moment, so it’s important to make sure you buy the safest ones for your children. Safekids Aotearoa, Energizer and Trading Standards (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) have recently sent out a useful list of questions to consider when buying toys for your children.