Ten Mistakes when Travelling with Children
Be aware and be prepared
Mistake #1: Children are simply sat on a Passenger's Lap
Anyone who thinks they can hold their child with their hands alone could not be more mistaken. Even the tiniest baby will be wrenched from your arms in a collision.
Mistake #2: Buckled up together
Even if the adult and child fasten the seat belt around them, they are putting their lives at risk. This is because the heavier body could easily crush the smaller body. Also, the seat belt may not rest in an ideal position.
Mistake #3: The Child's Harness is not tight enough
Please always check whether the harness is too loose every time it is fastened and adjust accordingly.
Mistake #4: Baby in Carry Cot
You have placed your baby in a carry cot on the rear seat. This is something you should NEVER do! In the event of a frontal collision, the baby will be lifted out of the cot and catapulted forward!
Mistake #5: No Child Restraint System is used
Even at the slowest speeds, this can lead to death.
Mistake #6: Activated front Airbag
Infant carriers should never be used on a passenger seat if the front airbag is activated. If the passenger airbag remains activated and an infant carrier is placed on the front seat, this can lead to serious injury in an accident! The passenger seat may only be used for an infant carrier if the front airbag has been deactivated!
Mistake #7: Infant Carrier installed forward-facing
If an infant carrier is installed facing forward, this can have similar fatal consequences. In the event of a frontal collision, it could break the child’s neck since the head is still too heavy in comparison with the rest of the body. This is why infant carriers are designed, without exception, for rear-facing installation.
Mistake #8: Installation of the seat
If the seat is installed facing the wrong direction, fitted with the wrong belt or has been secured too loosely, this could be life threatening for your child. As a general rule, the stronger the connection between the seat and the vehicle, the more protection the seat provides.
Mistake #9: Improper handling
If the seat has been tampered with in any way, e.g. sewing or changing parts, the child’s safety can no longer be guaranteed. Missing parts can also have fatal consequences. A missing screw could be enough for the seat to break up on impact.
Mistake #10: Defective condition of the Car Seat
The child restraint system is not suitable for the child’s size and weight, the standard is out of date or the seat already contains hairline cracks, which can easily be the case with second-hand seats of unknown origin.