This article compares South African practices for child safety in vehicles with those in other parts of the world. International attention is being focussed on child safety in vehicles because unrestrained children in cars face serious risks of death or severe injury in the event of collision. Laws calling for the use of child safety seats and restraints were recently introduced throughout the USA and in Australia. Most West European countries require child restraints in new cars but do not yet make their wearing compulsory. Various child restraints are available in South Africa, all of which must comply with the South Africa Board of Safety (SABS) standard. The devices are designed to suit children according to weight, and are classified into four weight groups: (1) 0-10 kg; (2) 9-18 kg; (3) 15-25 kg; (4) 22-26 kg. Seven recommendations are given for choosing the best safety device for a child. South African research shows that 75% of serious injuries to children could have been prevented if a child restraint had been used. The author urges South Africans to adopt a responsible attitude and take the necessary steps to protect their children.

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    South African Road Safety Council

    NRSC Building, Beatrix Street, Private Bag 147X
    Pretoria 0001,   South Africa 
  • Authors:
    • -
  • Publication Date: 1988-9-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 3-4
  • Serial:
    • ROBOT
    • Issue Number: 5
    • ISSN: 0035-7391

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606394
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM