To reduce the number of fatalities, the government has made child car seats mandatory starting in 2020.
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For parents, there are a lot of things to consider.
But one of the most important choices they have to make is how to transport their child in a car.
Frankly, the choice of seats is bewildering, not to mention that it can be costly for some families.
Despite differences in types and cost, car seats are a vital investment.
Recently, a shocking incident was shared on Facebook by a user known as Aishah Lokman and has caught the public’s attention.
The dashcam’s video recording showed that a black Myvi car had made a u-turn in the area around Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang.
As the Myvi turned, the baby fell from the car and dropped on the road.
The parents immediately rescued the child after they stopped the car, rushed to the scene, and thanked the public for their help.
Commenting on the incident, the public urged the parents to use a car seat to ensure the safety of their children.
Parents Need To Understand Why Using Child Seat Is Very Important
The government passed a new ruling in January 2020, making it compulsory for all children below 135cm tall to be strapped into an approved child restraint system.
However, not all parents are on board with this ruling partly due to cost and lack of awareness.
Kalau anda kerja di hospital dan tahu berapa ramai bayi/kanak2 yang dah meninggal sebab kemalangan jalan raya (tercampak keluar kereta, tercampak ke windshield etc) mungkin anda takkan keluarkan statement macam ni. #onlyif https://t.co/ag9uCSHTDE— Lily Amirah 👩🏻⚕️ (@lilyxxamirah) January 31, 2020
The statistic is already telling us there is something that we need to do.
According to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, child seats can help reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers compared to seatbelt use alone.
Nasib baik bukan kat Malaysia. Please pakai kan seatbelt untuk budak, kalau baby letak dlm car seat 🥺🥺🥺 https://t.co/gtprBw0x6G— ʲᵃʰ (@mizamzk) March 18, 2022
A 2019 study showed that these seats’ usage was only 49% in the Klang Valley, partly because the seats aren’t cheap.
What’s the budget that parents can expect when buying these seats?
Entry level car seat for babies can casue anything from upwards of RM700 to RM800 ringgit, although it is in fact a one time investment.
However, parents will have to spend more if they own more than one car or have more than one child.
Some parents rely on ‘hand me downs’ to save cost but precaution is needed due to factors such as sizing and wear and tear.
This is why it's so important to use caution when reusing an older sibling's car seat or accepting a hand-me-down. https://t.co/TbthdWelE3— What To Expect (@WhatToExpect) August 11, 2021
Car Seats When Used Properly, Reduce The Risk Of Injury
Learning how to choose and install a car seat correctly is vital since they’re like three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly, statistically speaking.
Common errors include not using the right seat for the child’s loose attachment of the car seat in the vehicle or not having the retainer clip at the proper level.
There are many different car seats, so choose the appropriate seat for your child’s age, weight and height.
Sorry To Interrupt Kass But There Danger Putting Baby Seatbelts Backwards. When Airbags Goes Off It Will Hitting Baby Against Back Seat. Just Sharing What happened in Malaysia Recently. https://t.co/NTiDCqZ6CQ— arifsetia (@arifsetia2013d) April 14, 2022
Make sure it will fit in your vehicle and that you will use it correctly each time.
You should be familiar with the vehicle owner’s manual and the car seat manufacturer’s instructions before installing it in your car.
Keep in mind there are two ways to instal child safety seats and vehicles using the seat belt or the latch system, which stands for lower anchors and tethers for children.
Never use both systems to instal the seat at the same time.
It is recommended that all children under the age of 13 rides in the backseat.