Holiday season is fast approaching. If you are planning a road trip these holidays it’s a good time to have your tyres checked. It’s also a good opportunity to check that your child restraints are compliant with the new child restraint laws and are appropriately fastened.
•Infants up to the age of six months to be restrained in a rearward facing child restraint (e.g. infant capsule).
•From six months until the age of four to be restrained in either a rearward or forward facing child restraint (e.g. child safety seat).
•From four years until the age of seven to be restrained in either a forward facing child restraint or booster seat restrained by a correctly adjusted and fastened seatbelt or child safety harness.
The new laws also deal with the issue of children sitting in the front seat of a vehicle.
•Children up to four years must be restrained in the rear of the vehicle (where the vehicle has two or more rows of seats).
•Children aged between four and seven years will not be permitted to sit in the front seat unless all other seating positions are already occupied by children under seven.
As the once Paediatric Trauma Coordinator for the Royal Children’s Hospital, I personally believe that children under 12 years of age do not belong in the front seat of the car.
However you are choosing to spend your holiday season, keep you and your family safe and have a very merry Christmas and happy and safe 2013