Research Suggests WA Parents May Need Help With Child Restraint Rules

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One in four WA parents and carers need further help to understand the new national child restraint rules according to a new survey by SGIO.*

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Car crashes are a leading cause of child deaths in Australia

One in four WA parents and carers need further help to understand the new national child restraint rules according to a new survey by SGIO.*

The survey of nearly 400 WA parents and carers showed that over 90 per cent were aware of the new laws, introduced in WA last year, but that some were still not complying, with:

  • 17 per cent putting their children under 4 in a booster seat rather than a restraint; and
  • 20 per cent putting their children aged 4 to 7 years in a seatbelt rather than a booster seat.

SGIO Car Insurance spokesperson Rob Cory said it was concerning that so many people were aware of the changes but were not always following the new rules.

‘Car crashes are a leading cause of child deaths in Australia and we urge parents and carers to ensure that their children aged up to four years use a child car restraint with an in-built harness and kids aged four to seven are using at least a booster seat, he said.

The research also revealed that nearly one in ten WA parents and carers were not confident that their child restraint was even fitted correctly. Kidsafe WA General Manager Sue Wicks said parents shouldn’t underestimate the importance of using a correctly fitted child restraint.

‘To work effectively in an accident it’s critical that child restraints are fitted correctly and that the child is properly positioned in the restraint. This can be tricky for parents to determine, so why not let experienced Kidsafe WA fitters do this for you,’ said Ms Wicks.

SGIO Car Insurance and Kidsafe WA conduct regular free child restraint checking days. Parents and carers can register at sgio.com.au/kidsafe for more information.

The next free SGIO/Kidsafe WA child restraint checking day is at Armadale Central Shopping
Centre undercover carpark, Neerigen St, on Monday 18th April 2011 between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Under the new regulations:

  • Children younger than 6 months must be secured in rearward facing restraints
  • Children aged 6 months - 4 years must be secured in either a rearward facing or forward facing restraint with an inbuilt six point harness
  • Children aged 4 - 7 years must be secured in a forward facing restraint with an inbuilt six point harness or a booster seat
  • Children younger than 4 cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows
  • Children between 4 and 7 cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than 7 years in a child restraint or booster seat
  • Based on a survey of over nearly 400 WA parents and carers by Pure Profile Research in March 2011

SGIO is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Western Australia.

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