South Aussie parents can now get free expert advice on child restraints through evening information sessions, as RAA looks to address common areas of confusion for drivers.
A recent RAA audit revealed the vast majority of safety seats were either installed or being used incorrectly. Of the approximately 3,000 restraints checked at our Child Safety Centre last year, only 10% had no safety issue whatsoever.
The findings have prompted us to hold free Kids in Cars information sessions for new parents, the next of which is coming up on 25 November. The one-hour sessions will teach attendees all about choosing the right restraint, using it safely, and legal requirements around the use of restraints.
RAA Community Education Manager Belinda Maloney said she hoped the sessions clarified some common misconceptions around child safety.
“We understand that many parents and carers find installing and using a child restraint confusing and challenging, but correct use is vital for the child’s safety,’’ Ms Maloney said.
“Some of these problems are minor, however others such as loose restraints, loose or twisted harnesses and being in the wrong restraint for the child’s size can have a major impact on keeping the child safe in a crash.
“To provide the best protection for your child, it’s critical to choose the right restraint to suit their size by following the shoulder height markers featured on each restraint. A child should only be moved to the next type of restraint once they’ve outgrown their current one.’’
Our next Kids in Cars session is at the Child Safety Centre at Mile End South between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday, 25 November. There will also be refreshments, showbags full of vital information and a door prize for one lucky attendee.
Anyone interested can reserve their spot on Eventbrite.