Car Seat Safety
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There is no more precious cargo that you can transport than your little people. You only have to look at the latest statistics released by the RSA to see the importance of not only the right car seat but the right car seat fitted correctly.
Quite alarmingly 262 children lost their lives on the roads between 1996 and 2012 and in a third of these cases no restraint or seat was used. Disappointingly also was the statistic that twice as many children were killed on the roads in 2014 than in 2013. Its so very sad. I have written a number of times about car safety and it importance and it is something I feel very very passionate about.
While this by no means purports to be a extensive list some of the things I do include:
- I do my research using sites such cars.com which provide information on the types of car seats which suit different models of cars.
- I cant emphasis enough how important choosing the right seat for the model of car you have is. One size does not fit all – make use of clinics such as those provided by the RSA to check it fits. Its a free and invaluable service
- Check with the manufacturer re air bag usage and the seat
- Follow all legal regulations and never ever travel without the proper restraints.
- Always check the seat when you get in to make a journey and make sure nothing has come loose, such a the clipped in seat belt. Give it a good jiggle to ensure no movement
- Be very careful buying second hand seats, you need to be sure they have never been in accidents before
- In my experience most manufacturers will have helplines if you have any queries at all
- I am a rear facing proponent but as said above do your research and make the best decision for yourself
- Given the imminent arrive of winter, best advice is no coat or heavy jackets when in the car seat. The risk here is that there is or could be a significant gap in the distance between the child and the seat belt
Our little people will always be our biggest VIP and ensuring their safety as best we can is paramount.
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