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Motorists putting children's lives at risk

RACT is calling on motorists to be more vigilant, with many putting children's lives at risk due to incorrect fitting of child restraints.

RACT staff checked 187 installed child restraints in the past five months and found 90 per cent needed some sort of adjustment, including untwisting of straps, general adjustment of tethers and straps and removing and refitting child restraints correctly.

Even more concerning, one restraint wasn’t even anchored in the vehicle, and a number were out of date (seats reach their use-by date after 10 years).

If a vehicle with an incorrectly fitted child restraint is involved in a crash, the child in that restraint is at risk of serious injury, or even death.

Our free child restraint checks are conducted to ensure motorists are aware of the potential dangers of driving with children in incorrectly fitted child restraints.

Our Mobile Service Centre travels all over the state – including Smithton, George Town, Geeveston and locations in between – doing the checks. You can find the one closest to you via our Facebook page.

And if you can’t make it to one of our free sessions, you can book someone to come to your school or child care centre and do the checks for free, or you can make an appointment for a check at our Burnie, Launceston or Hobart branches.

RACT conducts the free child restraint safety checks in conjunction with KidSafe Tasmania. It also offers, for a fee, advice and training for organisations and carers responsible for transporting children.

For more details visit ract.com.au/child-safety.

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RACT's Ali Tope demonstrates how to correctly fit a child restraint with Hugo Shield, 4, of Sandy Bay.