PW 1802 Analysing the use of isofix compatible child restraints in victoria

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Abstract

Findings

From the project demonstrated that aside from those who were currently using or had used ISOFIX compatible child restraints, there was a lack of awareness amongst parents about how the system worked/was used. Results also identified a number of incorrect installation/usage issues, including restraints that had been installed using both the ISOFIX connections and seatbelt, parents finding it difficult to get the ISOFIX connection to attach to the anchor point properly and ISOFIX compatible child restraints that had been installed without using the top tether strap. The research also highlighted a general lack of awareness amongst the public of the need to regularly check and maintain the fit of child restraints.

Findings

This project demonstrates that while ISOFIX compatible child restraints may appear easier to install and move between vehicles, they are not foolproof and there is still potential for incorrect installation or usage issues.

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