Wear Seat Belts
Wear seat belts, use child restrained systems and keep kids in the back seat.
Wear a seat belt in your own car, in a relative’s car and even when travelling by taxi. Make sure that all passengers, young and old are properly protected every time you hit the road.
As with any safety system, seat belt performance is dependent on proper use and fit. If the belt is not positioned correctly on the vehicle occupant's body, it can fail to provide adequate safety in the event of a collision or rapid deceleration.
How to Properly Adjust Your Safety Belt:
Always wear your seat belt, and insist that your passengers do the same. One non-restrained passenger can seriously injure others in the vehicle.
Seat belts help prevent internal injuries by spreading the force of a collision across two of the human body's strongest areas: the pelvis and upper chest. To ensure the proper distribution of force, the lap belt should be positioned across the upper thighs and the diagonal belt across the chest.
Never slip the diagonal belt behind your body since the lap belt alone, cannot prevent you from being thrown forward or out of the vehicle. Use the lap belt at all times, as well. Without this restraint, your body would be thrown under the diagonal belt and into the dashboard or steering wheel. Make sure your belt fits snugly against your body. If it is too loose, you could be injured by being thrown against the belt itself. If your seat belts don't seem to operate correctly, or you cannot adequately adjust them, return the car to a dealership or qualified repair shop for assistance.
When can a child start using a car seatbelt?
A child can start using the standard car seatbelt once the child is 140 cm tall. In general the child will be around eight years old and weigh about 36 kg. All children younger than 13 years are safest in the back seat.
At earlier age the four available child restraint systems are:
- The baby/Infant seat (rear facing): generally used for children from birth to 12 months with a weight up to 13kg.
- The child/convertible seat: a separate seat restrained by its own harness. Generally used for children from 12 months to 4 years or 9 kg – 18 kg.
- A booster seat: designed to raise the child to the right position so that an adult seat belt can be used. Both the booster seat and the child are restrained by the adult seat belt. Generally used from 18 kg and upwards or approx. 4 years and older.
- A booster cushion: designed to raise the child so that the adult seat belt can be used safely. This is general used from 22 kg upwards, from approx. 6 years