Make sure your child's car seat is correctly fitted - free safety check at Darlington Point
Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce parents and carers can have their child car seats checked for free on Thursday26 September 2019 from 9 am to 12 noon in the Murrumbidgee Council carpark.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said the Council is delighted to be offering this important initiative, in conjunction with Transport for NSW and Almet Engineering, Griffith.
Cr McRae said it is absolutely essential that child car seats are fitted correctly so that children are safely restrained in a vehicle.
“The safety checks only take 10 minutes per vehicle so this is an excellent chance to make sure your child seats are correctly installed,” Cr McRae said.
Bookings for the safety check can be made by contacting Emma Reynolds at Transport for NSW on 02 6923 6771 or emailing RoadUserSafety-Southwest@rms.nsw.gov.au.
According to the NSW Government, two in three child car seats are not being used correctly, increasing the risk of serious injury.
Research by the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) shows that children who are restrained incorrectly are up to seven times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than children who are fitted in the correct child car seat for their age and size.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully when fitting a child car seat and placing your child in it. If the instructions have been lost, contact the manufacturer, search for the instructions online, or seek advice from specialist Authorised Restraint Fitters.
Adjust the inbuilt harness for a comfortable but firm fit, with no slack. The harness straps should be straight and in flat contact with the child. Double check the harness straps are not twisted or caught.
In booster seats, make sure the sash belt crosses your child’s shoulder and is in contact with the chest. Make sure the lap belt sits low across the pelvis (hip bones).
The national child restraint laws introduced in 2010 provide that all child passengers must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size:
• Children up to the age of six months must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint
• From six months old but under four years old, in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness
• Children from four years old but under seven years old must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat
• Children aged from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat
• Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.
Check out this website to find out a lot more about child car seats. It provides advice for choosing the safest option for your child by comparing the price, safety ratings and ease of use of a range of child car seats tested by CREP and links to the location of Authorised Restraint Fitters in our area.
Common issues that an Authorised Restraint Fitter will look for and can fix include:
• checking the appropriateness of the child car seat for your child,
• tightening straps,
• checking clips,
• replacing loose bolts,
• installing anchor points.