If my plea does not lead to you never again neglecting your child’s car safety, maybe a few points made on Arrive Alive’s website will:
1. Injury kills most children under the age of 18 years in South Africa.
Pedestrian children are most at risk of road death in this group.
The second largest loss of life in this group is amongst unrestrained children thrown out of cars in accidents.
Children, whose heads are proportionately bigger to their bodies than adults, become like a missile when the car is brought to a standstill in an accident and they’re not buckled-up, often leading to severe head and neck injury, or death.
2. Research done in the USA indicates that using appropriate seatbelts would prevent:
- 75% of injuries in children under four years of age
- 50% of injuries in children between four and 12 years of age
3. Studies done in the USA showed that:
If car seats are correctly installed and used for children from birth to four years, hospitalisation in the event of an accident is reduced by up to 69%.
There is a 70% reduction in risk of death in motor vehicle accidents for babies of under one year of age, when there are correctly used car seats.
Between one and four years of age, risk of death decreases by 47–54%, when there are correctly used car seats.
Please, I know it can be a hassle at times, but you must insist that your child is buckled up every time you start your car, even if you are just ‘popping to the shops’