Tasmanian motorists and parents have been reminded about the potential dangers of using second-hand and old child car seats by the RACT.
Last week, the RACT collected a range of capsules and seats that should no longer be used, and has now permanently removed them from the road.
RACT Motoring Services manager Peter Gillon said second-hand child car restraints – either borrowed or purchased – should never be used unless their full history was known to the parents.
“And no baby seat should ever be used if it has been in a car crash powerful enough to deploy an airbag,” he said.
“Older seats should also be avoided – seats reach their use by date after 10-years.
“Parents have to realise that child restraints and seatbelts are vital pieces of safety equipment and they have an expiration date attached to them.”
As part of Children’s Week last week, the RACT offered members a $50 Destinations voucher for discarding an old seat. Nearly 60 were handed in across the State.
Seats collected in northern Tasmania will be donated to the Tasmania Fire Service to assist with its training exercises while those collected in the south will be disposed of by the City of Hobart.
Mr Gillon said the exercise was not about criticising parents or shaming them for doing the wrong thing.
“In this instance, we are solely focused on keeping young lives safe on our roads,” he said.
The RACT regularly conducts free safety inspections of child restraints around Tasmania. It also employs professional and highly-trained staff who can provide advice on child car seat fittings in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.