For parents wanting piece of mind, Leeton Shire Council will offer free safety checks for child car seats in June.
Leeton Shire Council will be holding a free safety check of child car seats on Saturday the 5th of June for parents and individuals who drive children around to make they have installed these seats correctly.
"While we have seen a significant increase in the number of well fitted restraints, there still appears to be a need for education in our community about the safe installation and use of child car seats," said Council's Road Safety Officer Steph Puntoriero.
"An incorrectly fitted restraint will not protect a child in the event of a crash or when a driver has to brake suddenly to avoid a collision" Mrs Puntoriero said.
According to council, even just a simple clip could drastically improve the safety of a child passenger, making a free check like this even more important.
"Parents and carers do seem to understand that a child seat must be correctly fitted to fulfil their legal responsibilities but, for whatever reason, many still do not have a correctly fitted child seat in their vehicle" Mrs Puntoriero said.
For those unable to attend the free checking event, Council encourages parents and carers to contact Transport for NSW for details of a NSW authorised restraint fitting station.
The event will be held on June 5 from 9am until noon in Leeton Market Plaza and local accredited fitter Lanhams Motors of Leeton will be checking all vehicles for correct installation of child car seats.
Attendees will also be able to find out more information about child restraint laws as well as learn about which type of child car seat is most suitable for different types of vehicles, as well as the size and age of its occupant.
More information about child car seats, and how to choose the right one for your car and child can be found at www.childcarseats.com.au.
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