Four out of five parents don't restrain kids properly

NEW research shows only one in five parents use safety restraints beyond seven years of age.

Motor vehicle accident lawyer Genevieve Henderson said one of the leading causes of child death and acquired disability in Australia was motor vehicle crashes.

"Up to 80 children are killed and thousands more injured in road crashes each year, and research shows a child in a car restraint is less likely to be harmed than one who is not," she said.

"According to Australian road safety laws, all children up to the age of seven years must be safely restrained when travelling in a vehicle.

"But one thing to remember is that the law sets out a minimum requirement only.

"That means there is no reason why you cannot keep them in their restraints for longer- if they still fit, that is."

- APN NEWSDESK.


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