Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Free car seat checks available on Saturday 3 November

MEDIA RELEASE Cheeks in Seats

29 October 2018


Parents, grandparents and caregivers are being encouraged to take advantage of free non-judgmental car seat checks by expert Child Restraint Technicians in Whangarei on Saturday 3 November.

The event at Bunnings Warehouse [124 Tauroa St] in Whangarei from 10am to 3pm, will see expert Child Restraint Technicians offer free safety checks of your car seats. There will also be mechanics from Kelly’s Automotive and Imperial Motors on hand to install free anchor bolts for tether straps for seats that require these, and the Salvation Army will also be attendance with their Kai Trailer.

Rachael Hannah, one of the Directors of Cheeks in Seats, a national charity who are organising the event, says “As a parent it can be daunting to try and install a car seat correctly, and it’s not always easy to get it right first time. These free car seat checking events offer parents and caregivers the chance to get their seat checked by qualified Child Restraint Technicians free of charge. Our team can ensure seats are installed safely and give advice on how to improve things if they aren’t quite right, without fear of judgment or getting a fine.”

Cheeks in Seats Director Bruce Wilson says “In our experience approximately 80% of child restraints checked at road side checkpoints turn out to be installed incorrectly. Our own statistics from similar events held in Auckland last November and in Wellington in May this year were even higher, with 94% of the seats checked in Auckland and 91% of seats checked in Wellington found to be incorrectly installed.”

Bruce adds “Even if you think your seats are installed correctly, we would encourage you to come along and check them for your peace of mind. It only takes a few minutes and costs nothing. If your seats are installed correctly that’s great, but if they need a few minor adjustments to make them safer our team will be on hand to help you out. It’s important to be aware that even seats that have been professionally installed need adjusting as your child grows. And if you’ve already done a pretty good job on your install, minor adjustments to the way the seat is installed can still improve the safety of the seat and the way it will perform in an accident. We only get one chance – so this is one way of ensuring things are correct.”

Families who are interested in having their car seats checked can just show up on the day, no bookings are required. If possible please bring the child who uses the seat with you so the team can check the settings of the seat are appropriate for the age of the child.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Hope For Nature: A New Deal For The Commons

Joseph Cederwall on The Dig: The disruption and destruction of the interconnected biodiversity of Earth is the most serious challenge humanity has ever faced. This is an ecosystem emergency on an extinction scale. It is also a serious threat to the inherent rights of the diversity of non-human life, ecosystems and human Cultures on Earth to exist and thrive. The current global paradigm is devastating life everywhere by disrupting vital “ecosystem services” like the food, water, and climate regulation systems that both humanity and biodiversity depend on in an interconnected balance. It is increasingly clear that the primary driver of this crisis is the limiting and infectious worldview around land and resource use so central to the global capitalist system. To fully understand the biodiversity crisis and explore what comes next, it is necessary to address this mind-virus at the heart of our modern civilisation – the dominion worldview. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Farming Sector’s Persecution Complex

The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes ... More>>

ALSO:

corrections, prisonCorrections: Independent Review Of Prisoner Mail Management

The independent review into the prisoner mail system has today been released, with Corrections accepting all 13 recommendations and making a number of changes to strengthen the management of prisoner mail. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Unlawful Detention Of Teenager; Influence Of Investigation

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that former Inspector Hurimoana Dennis unlawfully detained an Auckland teenager in 2015, and improperly influenced the outcome of a criminal investigation into his own son in 2014. More>>

ALSO:

SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>

'Culturally Arranged Visitors Visa': Fix For Marriage Visa Issue

Earlier this year Immigration New Zealand issued guidance to front line Immigration staff that made it significantly harder for people to get visas to visit their partner. That guidance no longer applies with today’s announcement. More>>

ALSO:

Conflict Of Interest For Key Member: Budget Data Breach Investigation Shut Down

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today terminated the investigation into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the Treasury and appointed a new inquirer. More>>

RNZ Report: Mysterious Foundation Loaning NZ First Money

A mysterious foundation that loans money to New Zealand First is under scrutiny, with a university law professor saying although it's lawful, it fails to provide the transparency voters need in a democracy. More>>

Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission Established

“We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, even with rights of appeals, and there needs to be a chance for the innocent on the right grounds to seek a final review of their case...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels