Wairarapa Damaged/Expired Car Seat Amnesty 2020

Wairarapa Damaged/Expired Car Seat Amnesty 2020

16th November 2020 to 30th November 2020

Seat Smart take South Wairarapa Car Seats to be recycled.

(Left to right: Siv Beate Fjærestad (Featherston Community Centre Manager), Holly Hullena (Car Seat Technician, Wairarapa Road Safety Council) & Steve Nicholls (Operations Manager, 3R Group Ltd/Seat Smart)

Friday 13th November saw 11 car seats collected from the Featherston Community Centre who were hosting a drive to take expired and damaged car seats out of circulation. 

“This is a great initiative that we are thankful to SWDC for funding and to Featherston Community Centre for allowing us to use their spot as a handy drop off”. 

“It’s a massive collaborative effort. There are so many expired car seats out there that shouldn’t be in vehicles but are, so having a friendly place to hand these in makes all the difference in this drive”. 

A huge thank you to Seat Smart for coming to pick up these car seats and giving them new life as they are deconstructed back to parts and recycled”. 

If you live within the South Wairarapa District and have an expired car seat to hand in, please call 06 377 1379 for more information on this recycling scheme.

Annual expired car seat collection running from 16th-30th November only.

For Wairarapa, we have a huge increase in expired and incorrectly fitted car seats in vehicles. Children 0-7 years (or up to 148cm tall) are required by law to be restrained in an appropriate car seat. This means in order for it to be legal, it must meet manufacturer's standards.

This includes:

- installed correctly according to the instruction manual that comes with the seat. If you have a tether strap attached to the seat (according to US/NZ/AUS safety standards), it must be anchored to the anchor bolt in the vehicle. If there is none in your particular make/model of car, then one must be installed.

-Shown manufacture date either by sticker or etched circle markings in the back or underneath the car seat. Each brand of seat has a different expiry date. A full list can be found on our website.

To try and combat the issue around expired car seats, Holly is inviting families in Wairarapa once again to drop off expired cars seats to REAP House, 340 Queen Street Masterton before 3pm Monday 30th November 2020

Seats can be dropped off between 9am & 3pm - must be given to someone at the location

“We take your expired car seat so that it is no longer in circulation and give advice on best places to purchase new seats and where else (out of town) you can contact to hire a certified car seat”.

“60 seats were collected last year and disposed of. It’s a much better outcome instead of passing on an expired car seat to someone else to use.”

“With best intentions, people are known to give seats to family members or friends in goodwill, sell seats second hand online through various streams or drop them off to hospice and second hand stores, but 8 out of the 10 seats have already expired, putting the next users at risk”.

“You might think it's just about selling more car seats, but there are very important safety reasons for placing an expiration date of six to 10 years after the date of manufacture.”

5 reasons are:

1) Technology improves and standards change

2) Material wears down - especially belts and plastic

3) Models are only safety-tested for a typical lifespan

4) Older car seats may have been recalled by the manufacturer and if you have inherited someone else’s seat, how do you know this?

5) As designs change, manufacturers don't want to maintain an inventory of older parts forever. You may not be able to get a replacement part past the expiration date.

“Your responsibilities as the driver (under the law), you must make sure that any child under 7 years of age is properly restrained by an approved child restraint that is appropriate for the age and size of the child. They must not travel in the vehicle if you can’t put them in an approved child restraint. The vehicle’s safety belt on its own is not an approved child restraint. “

Using the safest child restraint for your child is only going to protect your child if it is installed correctly.

Saturday Drive Thru Car Seat Clinic.

On top of the monthly car seat clinics held in Masterton and the Quarterly clinic held in Featherston for South Wairarapa families, Wairarapa Road Safety Council with the support of Masterton Motorworks, the Warehouse and Supercheap Auto, the mega Drive thru car seat event is taking place on Saturday 21st November from 9-12pm at the rear of the Warehouse Car park (UCOL end). On a first come first serve basis, whanau can drive through to have their car seats checked. Those with community services cards will be eligible for a FREE anchor bolt fitting done on site (if required). We will also be taking in expired car seats and giving best practice advice for parents and caregivers.

“Our little ones safety is paramount when driving. Safe tamariki, means a safer journey. Do right by your tamariki as their choices are in your hands”. 

“This is a perfect time to get sorted before you head off on your summer travels”.

Every car that comes to the clinic will go in the drawer to win a Summer travel essentials pack.

For information on child restraints including how to check the expiry date, visit our website – www.wairsc.org.nz/services/child-restraints or call Holly on 06 377 1379.

See article written about the issue around car seats. https://times-age.co.nz/car-seat-fail-endangers/...


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Telephone: 06 377 1379 ask for Holly

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