Child restraint checkpoints highlight need for continued installation advice

May 28, 2019

Kidsafe Taranaki Trust teamed up with local Police to complete three child restraint checkpoints.  In total, 200 car seats were checked at three separate locations.

Our key findings included some key changes since the last checkpoints were held:

  • 44.5% of car seats checked were legal and safe (a reduction since 2018)
  • 13.5% of car seats checked were illegal (a slight increase since 2018)
  • 42% were legal but the seat's safety was compromised (an increase since 2018)
  • Whilst the amount of illegal car seats rose slightly, the amount of seats which were legal but the safety compromised has increased.  This means that several car seats require adjustments to make them safer and effective in the case of a car crash.

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Main causes of non-complaince continue to be:

  • Forward facing car seats not tetheted (81%)
  • Children in seat belts only who should still be in booster seats (45%)
  • Another issue for concern was that harness straps continue to not be tight enough against the child.

This points to the need for continued promotion of Kidsafe Taranaki's car seat clinics.  These weekly clinics are a free opportunity for families to pop in with their cars to get their chlld's car seat checked.    Please share this with your networks and visit Kidsafe Taranaki's Facebook page for clinic venues and details.