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Child seats to be made compulsory in vehicles

Cars have to be fitted with a child safety seat for children below the age of four, according to a draft of the new Juveniles Protection Law released by local legislative body yesterday.

Parents, guardians or relatives have to install the safety seat before taking out children on rides. Most parents do not install a child safety seat in their cars because of a lack of awareness and laws, which puts the safety of a child at extreme risk.

Less than 1 percent of Chinese parents have installed child-safety seats in their cars, while others have quality problems, said Shi Xiaoguang, president of China Toy and Juvenile Products Association.

“Some low-cost cars do not have space to install the safety seats which can send children flying during accidents,” Shi said.

“Shanghai will mandate the installation of these seats in the cars to ensure the safety of children while taking the lead in the country for similar implementation,” Dr Pan Shuming, who led the legislation research, said.

More than 18,500 children below 14 years of age die in traffic accidents in China every year. Of that, 75 percent are from accidents involving private cars.

The planned new law is expected to bring down the casualty rate by 70 percent.

Also, children below 12 years old will have to sit in the back seat because the front seats are designed for adults.

In other planned acts, juveniles will be banned from bars after it was found that many bar owners paid them to make the bars look “popular.”



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