WheelWell is a Johannesburg based company dedicated to raising awareness, educating and effecting changes, on issues surrounding child road safety. The organisation also ensures the enforcement of the relevant legislation.
CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to Peggie Mars, Founder of WheelWell about the safety of children's car seats.
Mars says in South Africa it is law that children under 3 years must be in appropriate and specified car seats.
Children between 3 and 14 years of age, must be in a car seat if one is available. If there is no car seat available, they must be seated in the back and be buckled in with a seat belt.
Public transport (buses and taxis) is exempt from the Act, says Mars.
The seat belt law does not apply to children in taxis and public transport— Peggie Mars, Founder of WheelWell
Mars provided the specifications of the correct kind of car seats used. The car seats need to be changed as children grow older.
- Booster seats
Here is an age/weight break down:
Baby seats - children up to 13 Kg. They usually have handles.
Toddler seats - 9 - 18 Kg
Booster seats - children weighing more than 18 Kg or 4 years old.
Listen to the full conversation below: