Ensure children are safely buckled up

2016-01-06 06:00
Stephanie February ensures her daughter is buckled up properly in her baby seat. PHOTO: thabang mathebula

Stephanie February ensures her daughter is buckled up properly in her baby seat. PHOTO: thabang mathebula

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THE South African Automobile Association (AA) has urged parents to make sure their children are buckled up as they get ready for the academic year, offering a series of helpful tips.

A statement issued by the AA, which was founded in 1905, says parents should make sure their car seats are SABS-approved and that the seat size is suitable for the age of the child.

“Place the car or booster seat on the back seat of the vehicle.

“Children under two should be placed in a rear-facing car seat and then moved to a front-facing car seat as they get older,” said the press statement.

The organisation also said parents should “check that the car seat is easy to manage” and that they are fully aware of how to install it properly.

“Check the padding and head protection on the car seat. Car seats should also have side protection panels and padding.”

They said once the seat was installed, the adult should check that it “does not move around too much”.

“Too much movement of the car seat may make it ineffective in a collision. Make sure that when your child is in the car seat, the straps do not pinch them but are not too loose,” the AA advised.

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