Protect your most precious cargo

It’s coming up to the Christmas school holidays and your kids will undoubtedly be spending more time in car, not least if you go on a long journey.

Keep your most precious cargo safe by ensuring their car seats are right for their size and age, and they’re fitted correctly.

Both Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Councils are holding child car seat safety check days on November 16 – book now and save the date.

Ku-ring-gai

KMC holds two free child car seat safety check days throughout the year for Ku-ring-gai residents where child car seats are checked for correct fit by a Roads and Maritime Services authorised fitter.

Date: Thursday 16 November 2017

Bookings: opened in mid October so act swiftly to book your place.

To book: contact 9424 0798. Bookings essential

Cost: Free

Conditions apply

  • Due to the high demand for safety checks, there’s a limit of one car per household.
  • This service is available to Ku-ring-gai Council residents only and excludes family day carers.
  • This service is for checking the safety and readjusting if necessary of already fitted child car seats which meet Australian Standards.
  • Installation of child car seats is NOT provided on the day.

Hornsby

HMC holds four child car seat safety checking days throughout the year for Hornsby Shire residents and ratepayers. The child car seats are checked for correct fit by a Roads and Maritime Services authorised fitter, by appointment only.

Date: Thursday 16 November 2017, 9.30am – 3.15pm

Bookings: opened mid October. Bookings essential

To book: Phone Council’s Road Safety Officer to make an appointment on 9847 6856 or email enquiries to ltipping@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Cost: Free

Conditions:

* Due to the high demand for safety checks, there’s a limit of one car per household

*This service is available to Hornsby Shire residents and ratepayers only and excludes family day carers

*This service is for checking the safety and readjusting if necessary of already fitted child car seats which meet Australian Standards.

*Child seats more than ten years old cannot be passed by fitters.

HMC provides four free child car seat safety checking days a year, one every quarter, on a weekday. They’re held in the car park at the Thornleigh ‘Brickpit’ Sports Centre.  To go you need to make an appointment – the appointment schedule opens up one month prior to the checking day.

For anyone wishing to get their child seats checked prior to Council’s next checking day, visit www.childcarseats.com.au to find a checker near them, or contact Lesley Tipping on 02 9847 6856.

New ratings for car seats

New ratings for ten new child car seats have come into effect and are now available on the child car seats website, www.crep.com.au

The ratings help consumers make the safest choice when it comes to child car seats. The website and campaign aims to profile the safety benefits of child car seats, showing consumers the correct car seat that is the safest for their child and how to get it fitted and adjusted correctly to the car seat.

New child car seat ratings include:

  • Rearward facing for babies up to 6 months
  • Rearward facing for babies up to 12 months
  • Convertible seats in rearward facing mode for babies up to 12 months and forward facing mode for babies 6 months to children up to 4 years
  • Convertible seats in rearward facing mode for babies up to 2.5 years and forward facing mode for babies 6 months to children up to 4 years.

Child Car Seats is an initiative of the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP), a partnership between Transport for NSW, NRMA, RACV, TAC and VicRoads

National child restraint laws – do you comply?

  • Children up to the age of six months must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint.
  • Children aged from six months old but under four years-old must be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
  • Children under four years-old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
  • Children aged from four years-old but under seven years-old must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat.
  • Children aged from four years-old but under seven years-old 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 an approved child restraint or booster seat.
  • Children aged from seven years-old but under 16 years-old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened, are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat.
  • Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

If your child is too small for the child restraint specified for their age, they should be kept in their current child restraint until it is safe for them to move to the next level. If your child is too large for the child restraint specified for their age, they may move to the next level of child restraint.

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