Importance of Child Seat

While I was cleaning my room, I found this assignment that I did back in 2008 for the subject "Issues in Publication and Design" whereby we need to come up with a content for a magazine regarding road safety. Print it on paper that is of magazine material. My topic was on child seat.


The article is as per below:
You try to give the best to your children but do you realize that you did not give 100% protection to your children. Why is it so?

The Ministry of Transport had implemented that all rear passengers are required to wear seatbelts but many people ignore it. Do you know that wearing rear seat belt can help protect your child?

Children are at a higher risk in accidents. If they are unrestrained by the seatbelt, they will definitely be thrown out of the vehicle due to their light body weight (Road Safety Department 2008).

In accidents, the rear passenger suffers heavier injuries because the force of the impact can propel the rear seat passenger forward to hit against the seats in front of them (panducermat.org.my 2008).

Not only that, it is a common sight to see mothers carrying their children on their laps. This is a very dangerous act as during a collision as the child can be crushed, thrown within or out of the car (Road Safety Department 2008).

Moreover, you may think that it is not necessary to wear a seatbelt especially those journey close to the house. But statistics indicate that 65% of accidents happen close to home (Road Safety Department 2008).

So, it is important for you to know that the safest and most protective way is to properly secure your child at the rear seat with a seatbelt.
An advice operation is held in conjunction to the rear seatbelt campaign whereby people who are caught without wearing rear seatbelt will be given advice about the importance of wearing it (panducermat.org.my 2008).

Datuk Ong Tee Keat said that they do it not because they want to make it a burden but they want to ensure that safety is observed especially for the rear passengers (The Star 2008).

The rear seatbelt is important as it helps to absorb the force of the impact from the accident which can save the life of the passengers in the car (New York State Department of Motor Vehicles 2008).

Besides that, it can help to reduce the risk of a severe injury and reduce the risk of the rear passenger being thrown out of the car which usually results in death (New York State Department of Motor Vehicles 2008).

Rear seatbelt maybe important but the rear seat belt is actually designed for adults and not suitable for children below the height of 135cm (United Kingdom government 2008). The seatbelt is too loose for your children rendering it to be useless.

So, you should provide your child with a proper child restraint. The safest way for your child to travel in the car is in a safety seat suitable for their weight and height (United Kingdom government 2008).

Baby safety seats are for infants up to 12 months old or who weigh less than 9 kg and are fitted facing the rear of the car (panducermat.org.my 2008).

While child safety seats are for children aged between 9 months and 4 years and can be faced to the front at the rear seat (panducermat.org.my 2008). Your children should weigh between 9 to 18 kg (panducermat.org.my 2008).

While belt positioning booster are for your children aged between 4 to 10 years old or who weigh between 15 kg and 36 kg whereby these seats raise your children to a height at which it is safe for them to use the adult seat belts (panducermat.org.my 2008).

It may be a hassle to get a suitable safety seat for your children but this seat may make a difference between life and death in a crash.

So, as a parent, you have the responsibility to ensure that your child is properly secured with a seatbelt at the rear seat. If you think that only front seat passengers need to wear seatbelts, think again. Buckle up for your child behind. (panducermat.org.my 2008)