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TEN MISTAKES WHEN TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
Be aware and be prepared.
Mistake #1: Children Sitting On A Passenger's Lap
If you think that holding your child with your hands will keep them safe then you are mistaken. A child should always be secured properly in a car seat with a harness even the tiniest baby will be pulled from your arms in a collision if you decide to have the child sit on your lap.
MISTAKE #2: BUCKLED UP TOGETHER
Even if the adult and child fasten the seat belt around them, they are putting their lives at risk. This is because the heavier body could easily crush the smaller body. Also, the seat belt may not rest in an ideal position.
MISTAKE #3: THE CHILD'S HARNESS IS NOT TIGHT ENOUGH
Please always check if the harness is loose whenever it is fastened and adjust the harness accordingly.
MISTAKE #4: BABY IN CARRY COT
You have placed your baby in a carry cot on the rear seat. This is something you should never do! In the event of a frontal collision, the baby will be lifted out of the cot and hurled forward.
MISTAKE #5: IF NO CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM IS USED
Even at the slowest speeds, this can lead to death.
MISTAKE #6: ACTIVATED FRONT AIRBAG
A baby carrier should never be placed on the passenger seat if the front airbag is activated. If the passenger airbag is left on and an infant carrier is placed on the front seat, this can then lead to serious injuries in an accident. The passenger seat is only safe for an infant carrier when the front airbag has been deactivated.
MISTAKE #7: INFANT CARRIER INSTALLED FORWARD-FACING
When an infant carrier is installed facing forward, this will result in fatal consequences, as it is not safe to place an infant carrier in such way. In the event of a frontal collision this may result in the child breaking his/her neck, since the head is still too heavy compared to the rest of their body. This is the reason why infant carriers are designed, without exception, for rear-facing installation.
MISTAKE #8: INSTALLING THE SEAT
If by any chance the seat is installed facing the wrong direction, fitted with the wrong belt, or has been secured too loosely, this could be life threatening for your child. If by any chance the seat is installed facing the wrong direction, fitted with the wrong belt, or has been secured too loosely, this could be life threatening for your child.
MISTAKE #9: IMPROPER HANDLING
If the seat has been fiddled with in any way, e.g. Sewing or changing parts, the child’s safety can no longer be guaranteed. Missing parts can also have fatal consequences. A missing screw could be enough for the seat to break up on impact.
MISTAKE #10: DEFECTIVE CONDITION OF THE CAR SEAT
The child restraint system is not suitable for the child’s size and weight. The standard is out of date or the seat already contains hairline cracks, which can easily be the case with second-hand seats of mysterious origin.