A research study funded by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has shown that children who are restrained incorrectly are up to seven times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than children who are restrained correctly. They also find that, approximately 60% of children were incorrectly restrained.
Whenever children are passengers in a vehicle they should be seated in the most appropriate child restraint for their age and size. All children up to seven years of age must be safely fastened in the correct restraint for their age and size. A child who is properly secured in an approved child restraint is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not. Children up to seven years of age are at least four times as likely to sustain a head injury in a crash when using an adult seatbelt compared with children secured in an appropriate child restraint.
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