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Child Safety is Maximised through Correct Child Car Seat Use

Child car seats significantly reduce the risk of being injured or killed in a crash, when correctly fitted.

According to Centre for Road Safety the fourth biggest killer on NSW roads is not using a restraint appropriately, which includes seat belts and child car seats.

Child car seats ensure children are restrained appropriately so the force from a crash can be distributed to points that will cause minimal harm to the child’s body.

Research from the Child Restraint Evaluation Program shows that children who aren’t restrained correctly 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 the 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 a specialised Authorised Child Car Seat Fitter.

Acting General Manager for Warrumbungle Shire Council, Leeanne Ryan, explained that the Council also holds free Child Car Seat Checking days twice a year where you can get your child car seat checked for free.

“Another issue that parents and carers should consider is if the child car seat has been in a crash or is second hand,” said Mrs Ryan.

If your child car seat has been involved in a crash or is second hand it may be faulty and unsafe for a child to use. Even if the child car seat looks structurally safe child car seat professionals highly recommend purchasing and using a new child car seat.

Based on children’s age and size they are legally required to be in a certain type of child car seat up until the age of seven.

Mrs Ryan explained that there are useful child car seat resources online to help parents and carers better understand child car seat laws.

Childcarseats.com is a website that provides easy to follow instructions on child car seat laws as well as useful information on what to look out for when fitting a child car seat.

For further information on child car seats and the free Checking Days, please contact Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Cheyenne O’Brien, on 02 6849 2000 or email info@warrumbungle.nsw.gov.au.

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2018