Child safety is number one priority for new parents and is top of mind for Mount Coot-tha MP and first time mum, Saxon Rice.
Kidsafe Queensland CEO Susan Teerds and Saxon Rice are encouraging parents to double-check their children’s car restraints in time for the start of the kindergarten and school year.
“Now is a very good time to remind parents about the importance of child car restraints and safety inside the car with schools and kindys starting up this month,” Ms Rice said.
“I’m taking the opportunity to have Kidsafe experts fit my car with an approved baby safety capsule, in time for the arrival of my first child.
“The capsule is safe and secure and gives me, and especially my husband, peace of mind.
“As a mum to be, I really value and appreciate advice from friends and experts like Kidsafe,” Ms Rice said.
Kidsafe CEO Susan Teerds said it was a legal requirement to restrain your children up to seven years of age in an appropriate and Australian Standard approved child car restraint.
“Not only it is a legal obligation but isn’t the safety of every little baby and child what is paramount? Children rely on the adults in their lives to keep them safe and healthy” Ms Teerds said.
“Properly used and secured child car restraints reduce the risk of death and injury in a motor vehicle crash by approximately 70 percent, yet many parents are unsure of what child car restraint they should buy, or how to use and install it.”
“If the child is small or has not outgrown the child car restraint it is in, there is no need to move to the next level of restraint – just because they have reached the minimum transition age,” Ms Teerds added.
If you have any doubts about your child’s car restraint contact Kidsafe . Kidsafe’s experienced child car restraint installers will be happy to check that you have the right seat for your child, and that it is being used correctly and installed safely.