Is your child safely strapped on their car seat? We’ve seen so many road accidents coming back from the holidays; don’t add your child to the statistics.
Using a child car seat when driving with your child on the road is the best way to make sure that they’re safe throughout the journey. The recent legislation introduced by the Department of Transport states that children under the age of three must be in a car seat when commuting in cars, and with good reason. This legislation is welcome, as the South African road accident rate is unacceptably high, with up to 40 people perishing on South Africa’s roads daily.
Though the legislation has far-reaching implications; one aspect that has increased since the implementation of the legislation is the influx of sales of second-hand seats. While this may be a more cost-effective option, there could be serious consequences to you unknowingly purchasing a seat that is not safety compliant. This includes the plastic of the seat not being of a standard in line with global safety standards, as well as clips that may no longer be in place owing to wear and tear.
How To Use A Refurbished Car Seat
In addition to improving safety through its stolen vehicle recovery and driver behaviour monitoring products, Cartrack supports Wheel Well, a non-profit organisation that provides advice about car seats to parents, including how to install them and which seat to choose. They have various activations at shopping malls throughout the country, where people that may not have the financial means to purchase a new car seat can collect a seat, as well as meet Peggie Mars and her team from Wheel Well to ask them any questions relating to car seats.
Wheel Well would like to appeal to all members of the public to bring the car seats that they no longer use to them – where they will be cleaned and checked, as well as refurbished according to safety standards compliant with local legislation that families in need can make use of. “We are in dire need of people to donate chairs to us to supply the demand that exists for car seats,” says Peggie Mars.
For more information about dates and times of future collection points, as well as information about where to drop off car seats that you are no longer using, visit www.wheelwell.co.za.
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