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New taxi seats put children’s safety first

MORE than 160 city taxis yesterday began carrying child seats in a bid to improve the safety of their younger passengers.

The introduction was timed to coincide with the launch at the start of the month of the new Juvenile Protection Law, which requires parents to install car safety seats for children under the age of 4.

A total of 168 taxis from several firms, including Dazhong, Qiangsheng, Jinjiang and Haibo, will carry the seats in their trunks for installation as required. They are suitable for children aged 9 months to 12 years.

While the new law does not require taxis to provide the seats, it is hoped that over time more drivers will carry them, said Zhou Yupeng, chairman of the Shanghai Services Federation, which set up a fund of 500,000 yuan (US$80,890) to pay for the seats.

Under the new law, all children aged under 12 will be required to sit in the back seat as front seats are designed for adults.

“Children sitting in the front seat or not in a safety seat are most likely to be hurt in an accident,” said Ding Wei, a senior official.

Less than 1 percent of Chinese parents have child-safety seats installed in their cars, said Shi Xiaoguang, head of the China Toy and Juvenile Products Association.

More than 18,500 children under the age of 14 are killed in traffic accidents in China every year. The new law is intended to reduce that number by 70 percent.


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