Buckle up, baby

Until recently, I didn’t know that the use of car seats was a debatable topic. In fact, with the recent change in laws, I just figured that parents would start seeing the importance of using a car seat and buckle up their kids.

But I recently learnt that only 15% of South African children in cars are restrained. That means, a staggering 85% of children are not restrained and you have a good chance of knowing more than one. We all need to do something to get people to buckle up their little ones!

This year, a campaign called #CarseatFullstop has not only challenged parents, but the rest of the country too, in promoting the correct use of car seats.

The campaign has not only left me and many other moms shocked, but truly aims to help educate us all about the risks of not using a car seat and how to ensure the safety of your tot.

Right from the word go, I had noticed that people were getting riled up when they were confronted with the facts. The campaign is cleverly designed to confront you of the harsh reality and the risks of taking a chance by not restraining your child in a car seat.

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Remember that it’s not only your own driving to be worried about, but every other driver on the road too.

Did you know that in South Africa, car passenger deaths are the fourth leading cause of unnatural deaths in children?

But that car seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. So tell me, why is the use of a car seat still just an option?

Surely, the threat of losing your child is enough to convince you that investing in a reliable car seat is more important than a tank of fuel.

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You have the power to save a little life. One share, seen by one person, who straps in one child, saves a life. #CarseatFullstop

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#CarseatFullstop is a national car seat awareness campaign running from 18 July - 30 September 2016. The message - #CarseatFullstop. No ifs or buts. Every child in a car seat every time no matter what.

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