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Child safety first. Buckle Up!

Published on: 10 October 2013

Car accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Unrestrained children are more likely to be injured, suffer severe injuries and die in car crashes than children who are restrained.

Kids who are 12 years and under should always be properly restrained in a back seat of the car. The back seat is generally the safest place for a child. Even though air bags can save lives, children riding in the front seat at risk of being seriously injured or killed when an air bag comes out in a crash. The back seat is safer for children, whether you have air bags or not.

Tip: Seats are categorised by weight, know your child’s weight before you buy a new car seat.It is also very important to choose the right child safety for your child’s size and age. Watch the video below this article for a guide on how to choose the right car seat.

Infants (birth to 1 year)

The safest way for an infant to travel in a vehicle is in the rear facing position. These seats prove to provide better protection for the baby’s head, neck and spine than forward facing seats. Use rear facing seats for as long as possible and move them to a forward facing child seat only when they no longer fit in the rear facing position.

Children aged 1 to 4 years

The best type of child restraint for children in this age bracket is the child safety seat. The integral harness secures the child and spreads crash forces over a wide area.

Children aged 4 to 6 years

Booster seats are used to raise the seating position of a child so that the adult seat belt lies properly across the chest, crossing diagonally at the child's shoulder rather than the neck, and low across the pelvis. These should be used up until a child has outgrown a safety seat and is big enough to use a seatbelt. Tip: Make sure that the seat fits correctly in your car, and in any other car you are likely to use. Ask the retailer to demonstrate how the seat fits and check if it is suitable for your car before you buy it.

Car Seats for Kids Campaign

In an effort to highlight child safety during National Transport Month, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, in partnership with Imperial I-Pledge, have officially launched the Car Seats for Kids Campaign. The initiative is aimed at encouraging people to donate car seats that their children have outgrown or those that are not being used. If your kids have outgrown their car seats, you could help keep the children of South Africa safe by donating your old, unused car seats. The 94.7 team will collect them make sure they are cleaned, reupholstered and sterilised before they deliver them to families who need them!

How to buy the best child car seat.