New child seat move praised

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 16:00 08/10/2012

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A new rule raising the age limit for the mandatory use of child seats is a positive thing, says Nelson Marlborough Plunket Car Seat Service manager Kylie Matthewson.

Under the new rule, which is to come into force next year, children aged up to seven must be in an appropriate child restraint, and those aged between seven and eight must use one if it is available.

As it stands, the age for mandatory child seats is five, and those between five and eight must use one if available.

The new rule is a step in the right direction, Mrs Matthewson said.

"Seven is better than what the law is at the moment."

While some have argued the law should be changed according to the size of the child, Mrs Matthewson believes most seven-year-olds would be under the recommended size for an adult seat anyway.

"Only a small margin of seven-year-olds would be outside that box," she said.

While the new rule does mean Plunket will have to find the money to buy new seats, there is time to update stock to cater for that, Mrs Matthewson said.

While the number of children in booster seats could better, a lot of Plunket's clients are already using them for children over the age of five.

"I know what can happen if you don't use a booster seat; it's just not worth it." Booster seats are available to rent from $2.50 a week from Plunket.

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- The Marlborough Express

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