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Correctly fitted child seats save lives

Correctly fitted child seats save lives Like most mothers, Candice Haddad’s first instinct is to keep her children safe. That’s why she uses Council’s Child Seat Fitting Service. No  

Like most mothers, Candice Haddad’s first instinct is to keep her children safe. That’s why she uses Council’s Child Seat Fitting Service.

"I’ve never thought about installing the seats myself because I know there is no way I could do it as safely or as professionally," the Roselands mother of four said.

"I don’t want to run the risk."

The Canterbury-Bankstown Child Seat Fitting Service, run by Council’s Road Safety Officers and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), installed two of the four restraints for Mrs Haddad.

"After installing the first two with another business, I found out Council had its own service and haven’t looked back. I’ve told everyone I know about it," Mrs Haddad said.

"Instead of paying between $40-45 for the exact same service, I pay $12 for the first seat and $6 for each additional car seat.

"I also found I wasn’t treated like a number. The staff were friendly and accommodating but, above all, they were professional and double-checked the seats were fitted correctly."

Mayor Khal Asfour said one in every two child restraints in vehicles has been installed incorrectly in NSW.

"As a dad of three beautiful children, I know you can never be too careful – they’re too precious to make a simple mistake," he said.

"A properly fitted seat may well save your child’s life."

Appointments for a child seat fitting session are available in Bass Hill on Thursday 17 January and Saturday 14 February, and in Campsie on Saturday 2 February, from 9.30-11.15am.

Residents will learn how to:

  • Inspect and adjust child car seats to ensure they are installed correctly; and
  • Correctly use a child car seat.

There is a $12 fee for the first seat fitting and $6 for each additional car seat.

For Campsie bookings, contact Carol Debs on 9789 9568, or for Bass Hill bookings, contact Jenny Murray on 9707 9424.

Drivers with children who are not safely fastened in the correct child car seat may face a $337 fine and loss of three demerit points.


 4/06/2019 12:16 PM