Could this tag save your child’s life?
New clothing tag to help clarify when children can travel safely without a booster seat.
A new RACV child campaign will help take the confusion out of safely moving a child from a car booster seat to an adult seat with a seatbelt, and help save children’s lives.
RACV and the Transport Accident Commission have launched the Booster Tag campaign, a no-nonsense guide to help parents make decisions on when a child is ready to graduate from a booster seat based on a child’s height, rather than age. (More: Safest child car seats for 2020)
The safety initiative includes a specially designed clothing tag, for kidswear sized 4 to 11, which indicates that if a child still fits in these clothes, they are likely to be too small to safely move out of a booster seat.
RACV senior policy advisor Elvira Lazar says that although the current child-restraint laws use the age from seven as a guide to moving children from a booster seat, paediatric research shows that height is a better indicator of readiness.
She says adult seats are designed for people of at least 145 centimetres or taller, and research shows that less than three per cent of seven-year-olds attain this height.
“Using age as a guide to move children out of a booster seat is not appropriate,” Elvira says. “All seven-year-olds are different heights so it only makes sense that we highlight to parents that it is the height, rather than the age, of the child that they need to consider before evaluating if they should take their child out of a booster seat.”
She says many parents are unaware that their child should be 145 centimetres to safely move to an adult seat, and even at that height, parents should apply the ‘five-step test’ to ensure a child fits properly into an adult seatbelt.
The new Booster Tags, indicating the size and height of the child wearing them, sit inside the collar next to the clothing care instruction tags to remind parents their child may not be ready to move to an adult seat.