– Protecting child passengers begins before they are born;
– Seat belts are a must for all occupants;
– Special seats are highly recommended for children up to the age of 8;
– Beware of loose objects and distractions in the car and kids on the street.
BANGKOK, Thailand, 4 August 2014 —— Being a mom is one of the busiest jobs around, especially when it involves driving children to daycare, school and after-school activities, in addition to commuting to work and shopping for the family. Chevrolet encourages moms (and mothers-to-be) to heed these kid-friendly safety tips while they go about their busy routines.
“Chevrolet has been helping Thai moms, dads and their kids get to their destinations for decades,” said Marcos A. Purty, Managing Director, General Motors Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand. “Between Sonic, Spin, Cruze, Captiva, Colorado and Trailblazer, we offer a full range of options for families on the go.”
Baby on the Way
Even before a child is born, a pregnant woman should make sure she is properly protected in a vehicle. Doctors recommend that pregnant women wear a seat belt at all times, regardless of whether she is seated in the front or back. Take care to place the lap strap low, across the hips and pelvis and below the belly bump – never on or above the belly bump. The shoulder belt should go across the chest and never behind the back.
Even if a car has air bags, like all Chevrolet models in Thailand, the seat belt may provide the best protection for the women and her unborn child in a crash. Without the seat belt, the passenger can be thrown into the rapidly inflating air bag too forcefully. Doctors also recommend seat belts and air bags provide protection to pregnant driver in case of a crash.
Pregnant women should move their seats as far back as possible from the steering wheel or dashboard in case the air bag deploys to lessen the impact. However, be mindful not to move too far back and lose leverage of the steering wheel. Pregnant women who have been in a car accident should always see a doctor immediately, even if they have no apparent injuries.
Baby on Board
Once baby is born, it goes without saying that the little bundle of joy will need a seat of his or her own – but not just the seats of the vehicle. Until a baby is about 1 year old and at least 9 kg, he or she needs a rear-facing infant seat, properly strapped into a back seat position.
From ages 1 to 4, small children weighing 9 to 18 kg should be placed in toddler seats properly strapped into a rear seat position, in a rear-facing position until ready to be placed into a forward-facing position.
From age 4 and 18 kg to age 8 and 145 cm tall, kids should sit in booster seats in a back seat position. Kids who are 8 and older can simply sit in the back until at least the age of 12. Seat belts should always be worn by all vehicle occupants.
Attaching child seats in cars is best done using the ISO FIX and Top Tether attachment points, the international standard for child safety seats in passenger cars. The ISO FIX and Top Tether attachment points are available in all Chevrolet models. To find out if your car has the ISO Fix and Top Tether points, look for the ISO Fix and Top Tether labels between the base and back of your car seats (the fitting points themselves may also be visible) or check your vehicle’s handbook or contact the manufacturer or dealer.
Turn On Child Safety Locks
With children properly seated, it is recommended to enable child safety locks, standard equipment on all Chevrolet models sold in Thailand. By doing this, kids are prevented from opening the car door from inside.
Remove Loose Objects
Loose items and small objects like plastic toys or large objects like household equipment should be stowed out of reach of children, since they can become choking hazards and potentially harmful projectiles in an accident. Stow those items in the rear storage compartment or, if small enough, the glove compartment or centre console. All Chevrolet models offer convenient storage areas. Plush toys like teddy bears are a good choice for small kids because they are less likely to cause an injury if an accident occurs.
Keys are Not a Toy and Cars are Not a Playpen
Always keep keys and remote openers out of a child’s reach, as these items can be a choking hazard and are important for the full function of the vehicle. Children should never be left alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute. Double check the back seat whenever parking the car to make sure no child is left behind.
Keep Kids Occupied
If a child in the back seat is occupied with a plush toy, soft-covered book, music or video they may be less likely to become a distraction to the driver. If there is more than one child in the car, make sure they have what they want or need before getting on the road. If all kids are occupied they will be less likely to interfere with each other and distract the driver.
Put the Phone Down
Talking on the phone or texting while driving is distracting. Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel. If you need to make a call, send a text or assist your child with something wait until you’ve pulled over in a safe location or reached your destination. If necessary, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, available on the 2014 Chevrolet Colorado, Trailblazer and Sonic, allows hands-free phone calls.
Look Out for Other Kids
Always look out for pedestrians, especially near schools or on streets lined with parked cars where children might run into the street unexpectedly, or in parking lots at shopping centres where kids might walk in front or behind your vehicle. Back out of parking spots slowly, using your mirrors and rear-view camera monitor, available on the 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer LTZ1.
About Chevrolet Sales Thailand
Chevrolet Sales (Thailand) Limited was established on 1 January 2000, as a subsidiary of General Motors, one of the largest automakers in the world. The first vehicle introduced was the Chevrolet Zafira, the first multipurpose vehicle (MPV) launched in the Thai market. Today, Chevrolet has a comprehensive range of vehicles, including the Sonic, Spin, Cruze, Captiva, Colorado and Trailblazer. Chevrolet is committed to offering the best cars and trucks to its customers in terms of quality, performance and fuel economy. The company is equally committed to ensuring second-to-none aftersales service for its customers, backed by a growing dealer network in Thailand and Southeast Asia.