21 Jun Professional child car seat installation now available in Gladstone
If you installed your child’s car seat yourself, you might want to think about getting it professionally checked.
The latest figures from Kidsafe Queensland show that 8 out of 10 car seats checked in the past year were incorrectly installed, with the most common mistake people make when installing seats themselves being not using the tether strap correctly.
“It is crucial that the tether strap is not too loose, or too tight, and attached to the correct anchor point… otherwise the restraint will not adequately protect the child in the event of a crash,” Kidsafe Qld CEO Susan Teerds said.
“Other common mistakes include Isofix connectors detached, capsules incorrectly reclined, or twisted straps.”
Luckily for Gladstone Region residents though the team at Bill Robertson Toyota are now fully trained Type 1 Fitters by Kidsafe Qld for child restraints.
“We are pleased to offer the Gladstone Region community the peace of mind that comes with having their baby and child seats professionally fitted,” Erin Robertson said.
To view new national guidelines released this year by Kidsafe Australia and NeuRA on safe restraint of children travelling in motor vehicles visit www.kidsafe.com.au/crguidelines
For more information, or to book in a car seat fitting, contact the Bill Robertson Toyota Service Department on 4972 8577.
New recommendations outlined in the Best Practice Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles include:
- Children using a child restraint or booster seat when travelling in rideshares (e.g. Uber) and rental cars, as well as taxis.
- Children should be encouraged to sit upright so their restraint can work optimally.
- Children four to eight years old should use an add-on booster seat in preference to an integrated booster, but children nine and older can safely use an integrated booster seat if their car has a side curtain airbag where they are sitting.
- Parents of low birth-weight babies should use an infant car restraint designed for low birth-weight babies until they can get good harness fit in a “standard” child car restraint.