Saturday 1 October 2016

Parents in driving seat with car safety

Published 24/05/2016 | 02:30

It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that all passengers are using seat belts or the appropriate child restraint
It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that all passengers are using seat belts or the appropriate child restraint

The safest way for children to travel in a car is by placing them in a safety seat that is right for their weight. But are they installed properly?

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Researchers at the University Hospital Limerick, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick decided to do a study of parents who had children under 12 years.

They collected information related to car use, safety-seat legislation, and type of safety seat they used.

They reviewed data on 120 children from 60 respondents.

More than eight in 10 were aware that current safety-seat legislation is based on the weight of the child.

A majority of children were restrained during travel using a car safety seat.

Most were newly purchased and installed by family members, with only around half reading instructions.

Most of the children were restrained using an appropriate safety-seat for their weight.

"The results show that four out of five families are employing the most appropriate safety seat for their child, so providing an effective mechanism to reduce car-related injury.

"However, the majority of safety seats are installed by family members, which may have child safety consequences," said the research published in the Irish Medical Journal.

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