Auckland Plunket and Safekids New Zealand (the child injury prevention service of Starship Children's Health) joined together in November for free celebrity child car seat checking clinics.
The clinics, held in Counties Manukau, Auckland City and North Shore promoted the importance of car seat safety, correct installation and services available to Auckland families and whānau. The clinics were roadside checkpoints where families could drive in to have their child car restraints checked by a certified child restraint technician.
Judith Collins, MP for Pakuranga stopped by to lend her support for the Counties Manukau clinic.
For a car seat to perform correctly in an accident it needs to be installed correctly. Plunket celebrity friends Pippa Wetzel, Shane Cortese and Sela Alo, from Niu FM, helped us promote the importance of correctly installing car seats.
Car crashes are one of the biggest dangers to New Zealand children. We have one of the highest child road fatality rates in the OECD. Around five children are killed or injured every week on this country’s roads. When used correctly child car restraints reduce the risk of death and serious injury to infants and toddlers.
Plunket recognises that the cost of child restraints is beyond the means of some families but says that assistance is available.
Plunket Car Seats exists to help families get access to child car restraints. Our priority is keeping children safe so we’re flexible on payment methods but hireage is generally less than the cost of a takeaway coffee each week. Some families may also qualify for a special grant from Work and Income to buy or hire a child restraint.