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25 April 2006 | Printer friendly

New ROSPA publication on child restraints

In spring 2006, the Royal Society for the prevention of accidents (ROSPA), BUPA Ireland and the National Safety Council published the brochure “Child Safety in Cars”, a guide to selecting and fitting child restraints.

The publication points out that in the period 1996 to 2000 over three quarters (77%) of child fatalities were found not to have been using a child restraint or seatbelt.

In a crash at just 50 km/h (30 mph), an unrestrained child would be thrown forward with a force 30 to 60 times their body weight. They would be thrown about inside the vehicle, injuring themselves and quite possible seriously injuring or even killing other people inside the vehicle.

It is also dangerous to put a seat belt around yourself and a child (or around two children). The safest way for children to travel in cars is in a child seat that is suitable for their weight and height.

The guide offers also advice about the safest way for pregnant women to wear a seatbelt.

For more information, visit the ROSPA website

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