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Car Booster Seats on Offer from ACC and Plunket

10 June 2014

Car Booster Seats on Offer from ACC and Plunket

ACC and Plunket have joined forces to subsidise over 10,000 new car booster seats for community service cardholders.

The seats can be purchased from Plunket’s Car Seat Service for just $50 each.

ACC’s General Manager of Injury Prevention, Dr Megan McKenna, said ACC is proud to partner with Plunket on this initiative, as both organisations have a long history of helping New Zealanders.

“One of ACC’s core roles is to prevent injuries, and we’re happy to work with Plunket and use their presence in the community to help us do this.”

Plunket National Child Safety Advisor Sue Campbell said Plunket is committed to keeping Kiwi kids safe.

“We are very happy to be part of this scheme, and we urge eligible families to take up this offer.”

Following a recent law change, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size when travelling in a motor vehicle.

“It’s recommended that any child less than 148 centimetres tall continues to use a booster seat to keep them safe, regardless of their age,” said Sue Campbell.

“So this initiative will help families comply with the law, and help them keep their children safer until they’re ready to move out of a booster seat.”

Each year, ACC receives around 30,000 claims for injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes. Around 1000 claims involve children aged seven years and under.

“The road is where the greatest number of serious injuries happen in New Zealand,” said Dr McKenna.

“If we can help prevent just one child from being killed or seriously injured on the road through this initiative, then that will be a great outcome.”

Community service cardholders wishing to buy a subsidised seat should contact their local Plunket or visit plunket.org.nz to find out more.

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