Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Fix Child Safety Seats Firmly to Prevent Accidents

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Fix Child Safety Seats Firmly to Prevent Accidents

Article excerpt

Many people have child safety seats installed in their cars, but, surprisingly, many of these seats have been installed incorrectly. If a child safety seat is improperly installed, a child could be seriously injured or even killed in an accident.

As now is a good time for families to enjoy a drive, learning the correct way to install a child safety seat is important.

In June, an event was held in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, at which Japan Automobile Federation officials checked if child safety seats had been installed properly in 55 cars and whether children were correctly strapped in.

A 30-year-old man who brought his 7-month-old son to the event was informed that the seat belt attaching the child safety seat to his car was too loose. The shoulder harness on the seat was also not properly adjusted to fit snugly across the child's shoulders. The man made adjustments following a JAF official's advice.

Under the Road Traffic Law, a child safety seat must be used for children under the age of 6. Child safety seat usage is rising every year with the rate at about 63 percent last year, according to JAF. However, more than half of users did not install the seats correctly, and 40 percent did not have their children sit properly in the seat, an official said.

In urging parents to closely pay attention to the issue, JAF official Etsuo Tamura warned, "Unless you use a child seat correctly, it will not work as intended."

First of all, it is important to fix a child seat firmly to the car seat. If a child seat is designed to be attached using a seat belt, use a knee to apply pressure on the child seat while tightening the belt, so the child seat sinks slightly into the car seat. …

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