I found this to be a really interesting read so thought I'd share: @Kimberlygal1 tagging you because I thought you might like to read it. This is from an article released last year, so post new laws.
Nearly 80 children die as passengers each year on Australian roads, and another 1500 are seriously injured. The Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, Kidsafe, says that children who are not properly restrained, like Isabella Cardwell, are seven times more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a car crash.
Neuroscience Research Australia is calling on the Federal Government to upgrade the laws. They say that the legislation is complicated and confusing, with no centralized reference point and conflicting guidelines.
New car seat guidelines for children have been announced today by Kidsafe and Neuroscience Research Australia aimed at helping parents and car seat distributors to better understand how to keep kids safe in cars.
Professor Lynne Bilston from Neuroscience Research Australia says that one area in particular that the government needs to look at is the age that booster seats are mandatory.
“No seven year old is really big enough to get good protection from just an adult seat belt,” she said.
In the new guidelines the recommendation is to keep children “up to and including 12 years of age “ in the back seat of the car and in a booster seat. (Currently children can sit in an adult seat at the age of 7, and are allowed in the front.)
“A booster seat reduces the risk of serious neck, abdominal and lumbar spine injuries in. Many parents stop using boosters too early because they don’t understand the benefits,” said Professor Bilston.
Bit off topic. Hoping someone can help.
dd is 3.5 years old, 17 kilos and 100cm tall.
We have her in a anchored car seat and she fits perfectly going by the indicated shoulder markers on the seat.
But the car we have is a dual cab hilux and the anchor point is very close to the back of the seat/window, what keeps happening is the anchor straps are fraying from rubbing and the straps get loose, trying to tighten them back up is near impossible, both times the car seats have been installed is through the ambulance service and I have no idea how they even got there hands in to instal in, It's really hard to explain, but we now need a new car seat.
So at what age can she have a car seat that doesn't have an anchor? Is it by age? Is it by her size?
I've looked online and I'm confused.
I found this picture online and it's how our anchor strap sits, right behind the seat, the back of our seat is metal and it keeps fraying the straps. ImageUploadedByThe Bub Hub1406172222.071891.jpg
The back seats also don't seem to come down? It's a 2010 model and we have looked in the manual and can't find anything.
When DH booked it in for a service at the dealer they said you can't put the back seats down, and that means we can't tighten the dam straps when they get loose!
Gah! I hope all this makes sense.
My kids boosters are all anchored.
However, if straps are fraying they need to be replaced. I have always had my car seats professionally installed and the man couldn't stress this enough.
I don't know how you stop them from fraying when it's the design of the car causing it, but maybe contact the manufacturer of your DD's car seat. They might have some recommendations for you.
I might actually try and call the manufacturer because you would think they would be strong enough to last more than 6 months regardless of how the car is.
When we fit the new car seat I might ask the fitters if it's ok to maybe put a towel or some kind of buffer between the tether straps and the back of the seat.
We live on rural farming property so we do need that car to get around.
Ugh! Really should of looked into this more when deciding on the car
If the seat has a tether you must use it. You can use an untethered booster (there are 3 on the market ) once they turn 4. Absolutely no reason why you can't put a towel over the back of the seat to protect the tether. You can just get the tether replaced but depending on where you are it might be easier to get a new seat.
And hilux's are a pain to fit seats in - the back rest doesn't come forward at all. My work car regularly gets sworn at.
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