Last week I was interviewed by a news publication about car seat safety due to our recent accident. I am the biggest advocate there is for this topic and even more now.
Due to the holiday season being upon us I thought I might share a few things you may not know. Feel free to share my post with your friends or scroll past if this doesn’t interest you.
The law in NSW states that no child under 12 years should be sitting in the front seat unless there is no other seat available in your car. At 36 years old and my husband at 45 please let me tell you that an airbag deploying against your body is not a pleasant experience and 2.5 weeks on we still have bruises. The front seat is no place for our children regardless of what their friends are doing or saying.
Although the law says you can turn your baby at six months old to forward facing its actually safer to keep them rearward till age two. If you think they hate being rearward facing imagine how much you’d hate them to have a neck injury. For life.
Have a look at this car seat from 6months to 8years.
Although the law says once your child turns 7 they can sit in a normal seat, the recommendation is to keep them in a booster until 12 years old or 145cms tall. Have a look at this amazing car seat below. Even if you think your child is big enough for a normal seat let me tell you I saw my husbands body thrown around like a crash test dummy – no one wants that for their child.
This is the seat that saved Indiana’s life. She is 7.5yrs old. She has a spinal trauma that will affect her for the rest of her life. If she was in a normal seat she would not be here today.
It is important to remember that twisted car seat straps will not do their job. Loose straps will not do their job. A car seat not installed correctly will not do its job.
Every car seat has an expiry date ten years after its date of manufacture.
There are Australian standards and then there are Australian standards. You can buy the $79 car seat or the $499 car seat. I happened to be that annoying person who purchased the expensive version. Today I am delighted I did. The extra safety features saved our children’s lives. Because they were installed properly they saved our children’s lives. Our son sat in a booster until he was nearly 11 years old (much to his disgust). I didn’t care what other parents choices were this was our choice to keep our family safe.
This weekend measure your kids and put them back in a booster seat if they are under 145cms and please keep them out of the front seat.
I wrote this post with safety and love in mind. No judgement at all. Our own experience has made me want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Happy holidays xxx