KIDS AND CARS: RACQ education officer Louise Hart demonstrates how to safely secure child restraints.
KIDS AND CARS: RACQ education officer Louise Hart demonstrates how to safely secure child restraints. Samantha Oneil

RACQ drives child safety on the Southern Downs

MOTORING authorities have set up on the Southern Downs to highlight the importance of correct child safety restraints while travelling these school holidays.

Education officer Louise Hart was part of the RACQ team that took over the Gladfield Driver Reviver site on Monday to promote road safety.

Ms Hart said it was important child car seats complied with Australian standards and were correctly installed.

"Protecting their child is a parent's most important job, and we are here to make sure they know how to do that correctly when it comes to travelling in the car," she said.

Ms Hart said child restraints in cars needed to be correctly fitted.

"A lot of parents are using cargo barriers and luggage points instead of designated child restraint anchor points," she said.

"These points are not load tested for child restraints and may not be strong enough in an accident."

Ms Hart said she had seen cars where people had drilled through the metal and installed their own anchor points.

"Additional anchor points should be installed by an authorised vehicle modifier," she said.

"Improper car seat use or incorrect installation could have critical consequences.

"A child could get thrown from the seat in a crash and sustain serious injuries."

Ms Hart said RACQ could offer a free, hour-long presentation called Kids and Cars for interested groups.

"We come along and show people how to correctly install child restraints," she said.

"We can also check that child restraints in vehicles have been correctly installed.

"We can equip parents and carers with skills and strategies to ensure children are as safe as possible when they are in and around cars."



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