A correctly fitted car seat could help save a child's life in a tragic accident.
HEARING a story of how a correctly fitted car seat saved a child's life in a tragic accident, has steered a Bass Hill mother-of-three to get her vehicle checked.
"It's critical for me to have my children fitted properly because I want to ensure they are as safe as they can be," Maisa Maunder said.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Child Seat Fitting Service, run by Council's Road Safety Officers and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), installed the restraints for Mrs Maunder.
"I am no professional – I would never even consider fitting a car seat in myself. I feel confident in knowing I have given them the best possible scenario should we be involved in an accident," Mrs Maunder said.
Mayor Khal Asfour said, tragically, 19 children died on NSW roads last year, five aged under four.
"Two in three child seats are not used correctly and most people are unaware of what they're doing wrong," Mayor Asfour said.
"As a dad of three beautiful kids, I know you can never be too careful – they're too precious to make a simple mistake with.
"A properly fitted seat may well save your child's life."
Appointments for a child seat fitting session are available monthly from 9.30-11.15am in Bass Hill and Campsie, with appointments still available over coming weeks.
Residents will learn how to:
• Inspect and adjust child car seats to ensure they are installed correctly; and
• sCorrectly use a child car seat.
There is a $12 fee for the first seat fitting and a $6 fee for each additional car seat.
For Campsie bookings, contact Carol Debs on 9789 9568, or for Bass Hill bookings, contact Jenny Murray on 9707 9424.
Drivers with children who are not safely fastened in the correct child car seat may face a $330 fine and the loss of three demerit points.