The recent incident in Auckland where a two-week old boy was seriously injured when his child seat came loose is a stark reminder of reviewing our child-safety, says a New Zealand charity.
Plunket New Zealand is urging people to have their child car-restraints checked before the busy Christmas holiday season.
Sue Campbell, Plunketâ€™s National Child Safety Advisor saysÂ a car seat needs to be installed correctly for it to perform correctly in an accident.
â€œThe Christmas holiday period can be a busy and stressful time for parents and caregivers so now is a good time to check your childâ€™s car seat – before we get into the silly season.
â€œWe recommend that parents and caregivers seek expert assistance from a child restraint technician for a free check to ensure that your child’s car seat fits your vehicle and is installed correctly. They can also advise about the best car seat for your childâ€™s age and weight, and one that is best suited to your car.
â€œChild restraint technicians are available through Plunket car seat rental schemes, and at a number of other hire outlets or retailers. It is a totally free service.â€
Sue says that Plunket recognises that the cost of child restraints is beyond the means of some families but says that assistance is available.
â€œPlunket has a Car Seat Rental Scheme which exists to help families get access to child car restraints. Our priority is keeping children safe so weâ€™re flexible on payment methods but hireage is generally less than the cost of a takeaway coffee a week.
“Some families may also qualify for a special grant from Work and Income to buy or hire a child restraint.â€