Get Your Baby’s Car Seat Installation Checked!
Recently we have seen headlines after headlines about the death of young children in car accidents due to the absence or improper usage of child restraint systems (CRS) or in layman term, car seat. These deaths could have been avoided if proper car seat usage is in place.
According to Child Passenger Safety Malaysia (CPSM):
- An unrestrained child (child not fastened in any CRS) has a 49% chance of ejection
- A child incorrectly fastened in an age-appropriate CRS has a 35% chance of ejection
- A child correctly fastened in a CRS of incorrect size has a 10% chance of ejection
- A child PROPERLY fastened in a CRS of the CORRECT size has only a 3% chance of ejection
CPSM is founded by a group of individuals passionate about child traffic safety. They aim to reduce the number of serious traffic injuries of children by being advocates of child passenger safety and promoting the usage of child restraint systems and seat belts.
According to Child Seat Safety, UK, 51% of all car seats are fitted incorrectly. Based on their experience, in Malaysia, more than 90% of car seats are either used incorrectly or wrongly installed.
Scary much? Fret not, let us help you figure out what you should do.
Child Passenger Safety Questionnaire
Answer the questions below to find out your level of awareness regarding the importance of using CRS in your vehicle.
- Do you have car seats installed in your car for your children?
- Are your children fastened in their car seats when your car is moving?
- Are you strictly enforcing the rule that your children must be fastened in their car seats when your car is moving?
- Did you know the safest position for car seats is the backseat and NOT the front seat beside the driver seat?
- If you have already installed car seats in your car, are you sure they are installed properly and correctly?
- Do you and your spouse (both of you) participate in the installation of the car seats?
- Do you still keep the car seat’s manual?
- Are you sure that the car seats are suitable for your children?
- Are the car seats that you are using brand new?
- Did you know all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer?
If you answer ‘YES’ to all 10 questions, congratulations!
Otherwise, you need to ‘buckle up’ for your child’s safety.
Please, for the sake of your child’s life, understand that it’s essential (non-negotiable!) to have a car seat that’s appropriate for your child’s size and age and that has been installed properly in your car.
How to choose the right car seat?
Take a look at the informative graphic below from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Get help from professionals
Don’t dismiss the issue and stay in the mindset that nothing bad is gonna happen to your child. You never know. It’s better to be safe than be sorry.
Did you know you can get your car seats harnessing and installation checked by certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians? This event below is organized by CPSM.
Date: 31 March (Saturday) and 6 April 2018 (Friday)
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Venue: 72-1, Jalan Metro Pudu, Frasers Business Park, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Fee: RM15 per car seat and all participants will receive goodie bags
Items to bring for the check:
- Your car manual
- Child restraint’s manual
- Baby and car seat
More about Child Passenger Safety Malaysia
CPSM aims to create awareness and share correct information on child restraints/car seats usage and traffic safety in Malaysia.
They conduct car seat checks periodically. They also provide child restraint rental for a nominal fee. Get in touch with them via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://cpsmalaysia.org/
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cpsmalaysia.org/
- Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cpsmalaysia.org/
It’s unfortunate that awareness of child restraint systems usage and child passenger safety, in general, is still weak in Malaysia. As of June 2017, Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) mentioned that the issue of child seat enforcement is relatively newer, and requires due legal processes before they are enforced under the law.
Let us not be deterred.
Let’s do our part in spreading the awareness about child passenger safety.
Let’s start from our own family.
Let’s do this together!