Drivers risking children’s lives

The State’s peak motoring body has expressed alarm at reports only one in in 10 parents knew how to fit and use child safety restraints in cars.

As reported in the Courier Mail, of the 4000 restraints checked by the Royal Automobile Australia Safety Centre, some 88 percent showed some form of misuse.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was a frightening statistic as incorrectly fitted child restraints were dangerous.

“Not only are child safety seats legally required in Queensland, they can prevent serious injury to children in the event of a crash or even heavy braking,” Ms Ritchie said.

“If a harness is incorrectly fitted to your child’s size, it could result in ejection and your child could be seriously hurt.

“A common mistake we see is when parents don’t anchor the tether strap to the correct anchor point –  instead clip it onto luggage points, which means it’s not secure in a crash.”

Ms Ritchie reminded drivers RACQ offered tips on how to install child restraints correctly.

“It’s up to parents and guardians to make sure the children are correctly restrained, otherwise they risk a hefty fine and three demerit points as well as putting their children risk.”