240 child occupants are killed in motor vehicle accidents and at least 960 are hospitalized due to the incorrect installation and use of child restraint systems.
"It is not only common sense but a legal obligation for parents or care givers to ensure that children travelling in motor vehicles are restrained properly in an approved child restraint, regardless of their age, no matter how short or long the journey is," says the Automobile Association (AA). Types of serious injuries sustained by children and infants who are not properly restrained can be severe including head and spinal cord injuries and strangulation.
According to the Child Accident Prevention Foundation (CAPFSA) national statistics indicate that 84% of children travel in cars without any car seat restraint or seat belt discipline. Each year, thousands of children are killed, permanently injured or suffer life-long disabilities as a result of car accidents. At the Red Cross Children’s Hospital alone an average of 20 children a month are treated for injuries sustained in motor car accidents and 80% of whom were not restrained in any way.
Child restraints reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. "The best chances of survival or to minimize injury to anyone in a motor vehicle collision is to wear a seatbelt," says the AA. "Babies and young children’s bodies are not suited to normal seatbelts and therefore suitable child restraints are vital to protect the child," concludes the AA.
To ensure the safety of your children, you can buy AA approved child restraints at Travel Experience stores situated countrywide. Alternatively, you can contact the AA at 083 84322 for advice about the best child restraints.
Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
011 799 1126