Don’t let your child be a Crash Test Dummy
Unrestrained passengers become projectiles in an accident
The grim truth about children’s deaths on the road is that most of these deaths can be prevented.
All too often you still see some parent who will let a small child sit on their lap in the front of a vehicle. In an accident, this child will go straight through the windscreen and die or suffer fatal head injuries.
The law now requires South Africans to install car seats for babies and toddlers. This prevents them from being ejected or thrown around the vehicle in an accident. In a front-on crash, unrestrained children and passengers will be catapulted forward and create a risk to others inside a vehicle, as they can be thrown about in a crash. If you are travelling at 80km/h and are involved in an accident, everyone in the vehicle with you will still be travelling at that speed.
This is why a car seat is imperative. When purchasing a child car seat, remember they are designed to match a child’s height and weight.
Also, check to ensure that the car seat will fit correctly in your vehicle.
Infants require their own special seat designed to cradle them in a crash.
Items that are not secured can become airborne and kill you in the event of an accident. An unrestrained pet can shatter a windshield
Watch the crash-test video that shows how unrestrained adults and children in a vehicle become a danger to other passengers.