Parents and carers of young children now have access to an easy-to read guide to help them choose the safest car seat for their child and to make sure they are using it properly, to protect their most precious cargo.
The Car Seat Safety: How to choose and fit the right car seat guide provides parents and carers with information about selecting and fitting car seats.
Using an appropriate car seat for a child’s age and size, and ensuring it is correctly installed and fitted, can reduce the risk of a child being seriously injured in a crash by up to 70 per cent.
As a child grows, the type of car seat they need will change, so it’s important for parents and carers to have the right information to make the right decisions on the right car seat for their kids, as well as when to upgrade as their child grows.
In conjunction with the release of the Car Seat Safety guide, we are partnering with Kidsafe to conduct free child restraint checks at community health and childcare centres throughout Tasmania.
I urge all parents of young children, and those with one on the way, to get a copy of the guide from your local child community health or childcare centre and to visit one of the Kidsafe checks to make sure you have the right seat and that it is fitted correctly.
The Car Seat Safety: How to choose and fit the right car seat guide is also available from www.transport.tas.gov.au along with answers to commonly asked questions about car seats.
This is all part of the Tasmanian majority Liberal Government’s strategy to address the biggest risks on our roads to achieve the greatest possible reductions in serious injuries and deaths as a result of road trauma, as we invest more than $75 million in road safety initiatives through the Towards Zero Action Plan 2020-2024.