“The ECE standards is the minimum standard that the seat must at least adhere to. They test those seats in a testing facility at 50km/h. I know that that little seat has not made it through,” explains Mars.Mars mentions that each individual product that is used to make the seat needs to be pre-approved by the EU standards in order to be manufactured.
“Nobody is allowed to advertise or sell a child car seat in South Africa if they have not been NRCS approved. The company that is found stocking the illegal product will be penalized and will be told to take it off their shelves,” explains Horn.Horn encourages all parents to ensure that before they purchase a car seat for their child, that they make sure that they find an orange sticker on the side of the product. This is to ensure that it has been SABS approved. If you can’t find the sticker- don’t make the purchase!
“The moment you add speed to things that’s when you have a serious problem on your hands. Our bodies are basically designed to travel at 8km/h which is walking speed. It is opportunistic people that are selling these devices. They are wanting to make a fast buck because these things are cheap,” says Mars.
“During a crash the child’s head or shoulders would throw forward. Their arms and legs will also be thrown forward. The spine can also snap. This is called internal decapitation. The baby’s weight is not enough to lock the seat belt like it would do for an adult in the case of a high impact crash,” says Mars.
“Rear facing is the safest by a very long mile because the baby is looking out the back window and it [the car seat] can catch baby. There’s no strain on the neck, head or on the spine. The child is caught at the back of the seat. They will also not held by a harness in the event of a high impact crash.”If you are travelling with a newborn baby, Mars recommends that parents should keep the baby in the carrier. This should be done for as long as possible and be used in the car. This form of seat, is easy on the baby’s very agile body. So ask yourself this: would your risk your child’s life to save a buck or two? Contact us today and make sure that you have full coverage on your car in time of an accident!