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ACC Concerned about Unrestrained Children in Cars

Media Release
30 November 2007

ACC Concerned about Unrestrained Children in Cars

Recent media stories about unrestrained children in cars have prompted ACC to remind people about the devastating consequences that can occur if a child is thrown around inside a moving vehicle.

“Children who aren’t restrained properly in cars can die and that’s a tragedy. The really sad thing is that it’s completely unnecessary since it only takes a second to click on a seatbelt”, said Jennifer Brown, Manager Public Safety Programmes, ACC.

“Correctly used child restraints can reduce fatality risk by an estimated 71% and serious injury by 67%.”

“Of course the vast majority of parents do the right thing, and that’s great. But to the others our message is simple; always buckle your kids in properly”.

It is important to ensure that the correct restraint is being used and that it is installed properly. Putting a child in a wrongly installed restraint is like strapping a torpedo to their back in a car crash.

If parents are unsure about the appropriate restraint for their child they can visit www.safe2go.co.nz. Safe2Go is an ACC supported initiative designed to help ensure the correct use of child restraints. The site also allows people to find a free, qualified technician in their area who can advise on proper restraints.

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