Child seat awareness among parents increasing

KUALA LUMPUR – In an effort to reduce road accidents and child injury, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) has launched the ‘Dekat Tidak Semestinya Selamat’ (a short trip may not be a safe trip) video campaign.

Miros director-general, Dr Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim, said the video was produced with child safety seat merchant, Koopers, to remind parents that it is important to keep your child safe no matter how short the journey.

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The video also shows parents how to shop online for a child restraint system (CRS) easily and quickly.

“The child safety seat is vital to protect children riding in a vehicle to reduce injury risk in a crash,” said Dr Khairil in a statement today.

He also said that a MIROS study found that there is increasing awareness among parents of the need for a child safety seat, rising to 50.1 per cent in early 2020 from 43.9 per cent at the end of last year.

The government made the CRS compulsory from Jan 1 but is continuing to take an advocacy approach till the end of the year.

— BERNAMA