Last updated on Oct 14th, 2020 at 08:51 am

Did you know that child car seats reduce the risk of injury by as much as 82% for children, compared to just using a seatbelt?

This is according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But these life-saving car seats for children do come at a price, which some parents just cannot afford, particularly in the current economy.

Despite the fact that it is illegal to travel in a car with a child under 3 years old not strapped into an approved child safety seat, only 7.8% of child passengers in South Africa are properly restrained according to a recent report. This was produced in collaboration between the University of Cape Town, the SA Medical Research Council, and others.

The research showed that children under 5 years old were at especially high risk of serious injury and death in vehicle crashes on our roads.

Passenger child fatalities on the increase in SA

According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), passenger child fatalities are sadly on the rise in our country. In 2017, 1,419 children lost their lives in horrific road accidents. This increased to 1,576 in 2018, and 1,750 young lives were cut short in 2019. Many of these fatalities could have been prevented had these children been strapped into a car seat.

Save an innocent life: Donate your used car seat to a parent and child in need
Save an innocent life: Donate your used car seat to a parent and child in need
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Donate your unused car seat and help save an innocent life

Thousands of child fatalities could be prevented through the use of child car seats. This is why Supa Quick has partnered with Wheel Well, a non-profit organisation dedicated to road safety for children. Together they have established collection points where you can donate unused, unwanted, as well as new car seats.

Through the Wheel Well initiative, you can deliver your donations to any Supa Quick outlet, where they will all be collected, stripped and washed, ready to be handed over to parents in need across the country.

“Parents have been put under pressure just to cover the essentials due to the impact of national lockdowns on their incomes,” says Wheel Well founder, Peggie Mars.

“It’s even more important now that those in a better position work together to offer new parents and parents of young children who are economically affected some relief through the vital equipment that will keep their little ones safe while driving,” Mars says.

Save an innocent life: Donate your used car seat to a parent and child in need
Save an innocent life: Donate your used car seat to a parent and child in need
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Over 200 donation points around the country

“Supa Quick currently boasts a network of over 200 fitment centres around the country,” says Supa Quick brand manager, Yolandi Grundeling. “Through our vast national footprint, we are able to make a real difference. People wanting to donate a car seat won’t need to travel far, as a Supa Quick store is likely around the corner from their home or work.

“This initiative is very close to our hearts. We believe we can make a real difference through our partnership with Wheel Well and the support of our fellow South Africans. We are encouraging all South African’s who have a spare car seat to drop it off at their closest Supa Quick. Together we can save precious lives,” Grundeling adds.

For enquiries, interested individuals may contact Peggie Mars at Wheel Well at tel: 072 385 7121 or email her peggie@wheelwell.org.za