NRMA Insurance And Kidsafe Are Urging Everyone To Make Sure Children Are Safe When Travelling In A Car

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With national child restraint laws now in place and 30 per cent of NSW parents and carers needing further help to understand the new rules, NRMA Insurance and Kidsafe are urging everyone to make sure children are safe when travelling in a car*.

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we’ve organised free child restraint checking days in NSW so parents and carers can have a professional check their restraints

With national child restraint laws now in place and 30 per cent of NSW parents and carers needing further help to understand the new rules, NRMA Car Insurance and Kidsafe are urging everyone to make sure children are safe when travelling in a car*.

In a survey of NSW parents and carers, research showed that around 90 per cent are aware of the new laws, however some are still falling foul with:

  • one in five putting their children under 4 years in a booster seat rather than a restraint; and
  • one in four putting their children aged 4 to 7 years in a seatbelt rather than a booster seat.

NRMA Car Insurance Community and Sustainability Manager Megan Lupton said it was alarming that so many people are aware of the changes however they’re still not always following them.

‘Our research showed that around six per cent of NSW parents and carers aren’t confident that their child restraint is even fitted correctly. Simple mistakes such as having the restraint at the incorrect height or a twisted harness may lead to a child being injured.

‘In conjunction with Kidsafe, we’ve organised free child restraint checking days in NSW so parents and carers can have a professional check their restraints and drive away with the certainty that their children are seated safely,’ said Ms Lupton.

Kidsafe NSW CEO Christine Erskine said parents shouldn’t underestimate the importance of using a correctly fitted child restraint.

‘To work effectively in an accident, it’s critical 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 Kidsafe do this for you, for free,’ said Ms Erskine.

Parents and carers are encouraged to register nrma.com.au/kidsafe and attend the free child restraint checking days on:

  •     13 April - NRMA Burwood car park , 34 Belmore St, Burwood

10am – 2pm

  •     14 and 15 April NRMA Hurstville car park, 5-9 Woodville Street, Hurstville

10am – 2pm

  •     18 April Westpoint Shopping Centre (Blacktown), Roof Top Car Park, Level 4

10am – 2pm

Under the new regulations**:

  • Children younger than six months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.
  • Children aged six months to under four years must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint.
  • Children aged four years to under seven years must be secured in forward facing child restraint or booster seat.
  • Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
  • Children aged four years to under seven years 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 seven years in a child restraint or booster seat.
  • Based on a survey of over 350 NSW parents and carers by Pure Profile Research in March 2011

** rta.nsw.gov.au

NRMA Insurance is a leading insurance provider, offering Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in NSW.

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