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Car seats tips and checks

Roadwise Goldfields-Esperance is hoping to ensure every child car restraint in Kalgoorlie-Boulder is installed correctly and safely.

The organisation offers a free service installing and checking child car restraints for parents and carers of all children. However, Roadwise Goldfields-Esperance road safety adviser Carol-Anne Bradley said not enough parents knew about the service.

Children up to the age of seven are required by law to travel in specified restraints, but Mrs Bradley said the seats were often installed incorrectly, which put the child’s safety at risk.

“We actually find a huge number of car seats are installed incorrectly,” she said.

“Some of them are very complex.

“We have seen several accidents lately where the survivors have been children in correctly installed restraints, but we have seen very sad incidents where children aren’t properly installed and have not survived serious crashes.

“The service is to check or install your childcare restraint for free, to ensure it is the correct size for the child and that it is safely installed.”

Children up to the age of six months must be in a rearward-facing restraint, from six months up to the age of four must be in either a rearward or forward-facing restraint with an internal five point harness.

Children aged four to seven must be restrained in either a forward-facing restraint with an internal five-point harness or a booster seat restrained by a lap-sash seatbelt or child safety harness.

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