A first for Child Safety Week (23-29 June 2014), the UK’s largest retailer of Mercedes Benz cars comes on board as an official supporter to bring parents advice about keeping children safe in and around cars.
Keeping your child safe from serious accidents
Step 1. Read the top tips for car safety below, brought to you by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and Mercedes-Benz Retail Group (MBRG)
Step 2. Find out more. There’s loads of information and advice on the Child Safety Week website.
Step 3. Look out for activities happening at your local dealership this Child Safety Week 23 – 29 June 2014. Click here to find your local dealer.
The essentials of child passenger safety:
• Never put a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat with an air-bag. If you really have no choice, make sure you turn your passenger air-bag off
• Babies and children are safer in the back seats. If the back seats are full, allow the oldest child to sit in the front in an appropriate child restraint
• Make sure children’s car seats are fitted according to manufacturer’s instructions
• Make sure that everyone in the car, children as well as adults, are restrained appropriately. In a collision, an adult who’s not wearing a seatbelt or a child who’s not in a restraint can pose a very serious risk to other passengers
• Trying to hold a small baby in a car crash at 30mph would be like trying to lift eight bags of cement at the same time
• Don’t move up to the next type of child car seat until it’s essential. This is very important for babies as their necks are weak and will be better protected in a collision if they are carried in a rear-facing seat
• Remember that seat belts are designed for adults not children. You need to use an appropriate child restraint for all children until they are at least 135cm (4’ 5”) tall
• Never leave a child unsupervised in a car, they may play with the controls and it can get dangerously hot in summer
Buying a car seat, our baby’s chariot
• Don’t buy second-hand car seats. They may be damaged and so not work properly in a collision, even though they look okay. Also, car seat technology changes rapidly, so the latest models will be both safer and easier to use
• Not every car seat is compatible with every car. You need to take your car with you when you buy one to check that the seat fits your car properly
• If your car has Isofix fittings, consider an Isofix seat they are much more secure and easier to use
• Get children in and out of the car on the kerb side. And put toddlers and younger children in first, so they don’t run off while you’re seeing to the baby
• Be careful in driveways. If your children aren’t travelling with you, make sure you can see them or know where they are, toddlers are too small to see in your rear-view mirrors
• Hold your toddler’s hand in car parks and remember they may not be visible to other drivers
Visit www.childsafetyweek.org.uk/parents to find out more.