According to the NSW Centre for Road Safety, two in three child restraint car seats are not being fitted properly. Make sure your child is safe with an inspection by a Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) Authorised Restraint Fitter.
The RMS has recently awarded Hawkesbury City Council a $4000 grant towards the 2017/18 Child Car Seat Checks program. This allows Council to provide a subsidy of $50 per child restraint which is checked for Hawkesbury families, with a limit of two checks per family. Most restraints can be completely serviced for this amount, however there may be a nominal charge for extras such as extension straps or hardware.
Residents who book an appointment on Tuesday, 1 August between 3:30 – 4:30pm at McGraths Hill will receive an extra children’s road safety illustrated story book, a one-on- one child restraint fitting demonstration from the RMS authorised fitter, a complimentary gated buckle if required, and have all their child restraint questions answered.
Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett will be attending the fitting demonstration on Tuesday, 1 August as part of Local Government Week, which this year will be held from 31 July – 6 August.
“6.9% of crashes within the Hawkesbury LGA in 2015 resulted with injuries to motor vehicle passengers between 0-12 years of age. Fortunately all were wearing restraints and zero fatalities occurred, highlighting the importance of promoting restraints to help save children's lives.
The successful Child Car Seat Checks program has seen over 150 child restraint checks performed in the Hawkesbury over the past two years. Book your appointment now to have your child car seats, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and proper fit,” said the Mayor.
The appointed RMS authorised fitter is an automotive centre which has been operating out of McGraths Hill for the last 21 years. It has been voted annually since 2012 as a finalist for the Hawkesbury Local Business Awards, winning several of these and other industry awards.
To receive a $50 Hawkesbury City Council subsidy with this fitter, book now while the grant is available (02) 4577 2820. Parents and carers can use the website https://www.childcarseats.com.au/ to compare more than 200 different types of seats and find other Authorised Restraint Fitting Stations.
For more information on the appropriate age range for child car seats, visit
www.kidsandtraffic.mq.edu.au/info-sheets or call Council’s Community Safety Officer on (02) 4560 4498.