Did you know that starting from this year, the use of child car seats is mandatory? Are you aware that there are different types of child car seats for kids of different ages (depending on their height and weight)?
The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) found that only 30% of drivers are using car seats for children in their vehicles. The introduction of this regulation is hence an important step to reduce child injury and fatality in road accidents. Last year, MIROS also released the Guidelines for Child Restraint Systems in Malaysia to provide information on the proper usage of child car seats.
According to these guidelines, all child car seats used must conform to the United Nations Regulation No. 44 or No. 129. All certified child car seats will be labelled with the relevant UN regulation and QR code from MIROS which will provide further information on the product.
The guideline also categorises child car seats into four different types depending on the height and weight of a child. Every child with height under 135cm is required to use either a child car seat or booster seat.
Other crucial points mentioned in these guidelines include reminders to avoid placing rear-facing child car seats in the front seat, and not to use 2-point seat belts to install any child car seats (instead, use ISOFIX systems or 3-point seat belts).
For more detailed information, you can download the guideline here.
You can also read Positive Parenting article on child car seats here.