How should children travel in a car to be safe?

Tips for choosing and using mandatory child restraint systems for children under 10 years of age.

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According to Agencia Nacional de Seguridad Vial (ANSV), the 8% of the fatal victims in traffic accidents are minors who go from 0 to 16 years old. Therefore, to maximize the road safety of the little ones, Ituran remember tips aligned with the Traffic Law 24.449, which establishes the obligation, throughout the national territory, that children under 10 years of age travel "Subjects with the child restraint system approved for this purpose, in relation to their weight and size."

“It is crucial that children travel in the vehicles safely and in the corresponding seat, so that they are protected against any eventuality that may arise such as unforeseen braking or an accident. Driving requires parents to focus their attention on the road and, if these risky situations arise, they cannot act immediately to protect them ”, notes Cristian Fanciotti President of Ituran from Argentina.

child restraint systemTo transport a child in the car is not enough only with the child restraint system (SRI), but there are also important aspects of security which consists of four steps: selection, installation, location and orientation.

SELECTION

Although there are several models, some key aspects must be taken into account, for example, that adapts to the child according to his height and weight and that it can be installed in the vehicle, for which it is important to know if there are 3-point seat belts for installation or if it has the anchorage by LATCH or ISOFIX. In addition, it must comply with recognized technical regulations. On the other hand, it should be remembered that the child restraint has an expiration date, which varies depending on the manufacturer and can last from 6 to 10 years.

ORIENTATION

child restraint systemUp to two years of age, minors must travel facing backwards. This is recommended as most collisions occur from the front and in this way allows the child's head, neck and spine to rest on the back of the seat. Once children are over 2 years old, they transition to forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness. And when the child has the weight and height allowed, the lift with a backrest can be used.

LOCATION

The child restraint chair is always located in the back seat of the car and in the central part due to the distance from the sides in case of impacts. Its placement will be correct as long as you have a 2 or 3-point seat belt or an anchoring system. In the case that there are two children in the family, the youngest should be in the center rear seat and the older in the right rear seat.

INSTALLATION

child restraint systemThere are two ways to install the chair safely in the vehicle, one is using the seat belt of the car and the other is with the ISOFIX system. The two forms should never be used together.

The first option is to place the seat belt across the car seat in the path of the belt. If using this way, it is important to use the belt lock system after it has been passed through the chair. This system is activated by pulling the belt all the way and then slowly turning it back.

The other option is to use the anchors and child tethers to secure the car seat in the vehicle. The seat comes with the vehicle's lower anchor accessories and also comes with a top strap in case you are using a forward-facing car seat.

TECHNOLOGY, PARTNER OF FAMILY SAFETY

child restraint systemIn addition to the correct use of the SRI, responsible adults have technology as a great ally in family safety, through the Ituran service that, in addition to providing the recovery of the vehicle in the event of a theft, provides assistance to the driver and those accompanying them. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in the event of an accident, through the dispatch of security and health forces (police, firefighters and ambulances).

By automatically detecting a relevant clash or by receiving a call from the customer at Command and Control Center of the company, specialized personnel are immediately sent to the area. On the other hand, his  APP Allows you to make direct emergency calls from your cell phone, display the location in real time, and the history of the journey, activate speed and safe zone alerts and receive alerts in the event of a battery disconnection

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