The New South Wales government has released new safety ratings for child car seats to help parents choose the safest option.
It is also a measure to encourage manufacturers to produce products that are easier to use and safer.
Through the Child Restraint Assessment Program (CREP), four new seats on the market have been tested and meet Australian safety standards.
The Safe-N-Sound Compaq and Nuna Rava both scored 3.9 out of five stars for protection, Mother’s Choice Tribe AP received 3.8 stars, and Infa Secure Emerge Go received 3.2 stars.
Andrew Constance, Minister of Transport and Highways, said the latest assessments will help people make informed decisions from a wide selection.
“We have improved testing procedures and scoring protocols, including
introduce side impact test with intrusive door, new advanced crash test dummies and
a new test bed featuring popular current vehicles, ”said Constance.
A major problem identified is the installation of child car seats, explains the Minister of Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole.
“If a seat is not used properly, the risk of serious injury in a crash is seven times greater than if the seat were properly installed,” he says.
It is hoped that the latest information will help children who are completely dependent on parents to stay safe in the car.
The safety ratings are the result of independent crash tests performed by several organizations and government agencies, including Transport for NSW and Kidsafe.
More information can be found at www.childcarseats.com.au