It’s not a metaphor, according to statistics, Romania is the country of Insecure Child Transportation
Daily news shows inform us that there have been one, two, three, ten car accidents everyday on the roads in Romania.
It’s such trivial news that we don’t even react when we hear the information, as if our sensitive cord has become immune, as have the bacteria that have become immune to traditional antibiotics.
And yet, a statistic made not by us, but by the European Union, as if it moved us, impressed us a little more: we are finally in first place. Yes, we are also in a first place: that of ROAD MORTALITY.
If the word “mortality” had degrees of comparison in Romanian, Romania could be called: “the country with the deadliest roads”. Unfortunately, grammatically correct we can only say: “the country with the most dangerous roads” – but the connotation is not as strong for the word dangerous.
The total number of people who died on the roads last year was 1867, which means about 5 people died a day.
Here are the statistics regarding the children. Unfortunately, nothing good here either.
Year 2017, Romania, children aged 0-18 years:
Number of deaths among children: 62, of which only 5 were transported in a car seat
Number of serious injuries among children: 367 of which only 20 were transported in a car seat.
Year 2018, Romania, children aged 0-18 years:
Number of deaths among children: 47, of which only 1 was transported in a car seat
Number of serious injuries among children: 343 of which 22 were transported in car seats.
The reason why children can die in accidents, even if they are transported in car seats, is mainly due to their faulty installation, lack of correct fastening of the belts or the use of uncertified (dangerous) seats.
Here are the usage error statistics:
86% of families incorrectly positioned the newborn in a chair.
77% of parents installed the chair incorrectly.
Two of the five seats are mounted at an incorrect tilt angle.
1 in every 3 car seats have the seat harness starting point from an incorrect position.
One in 5 parents uses an uncertified car seat.
These are the reasons why the European Commission or ADAC recommends the installation of car seats by an expert.
The mission of the Child Car Safety team is simple: we don’t want to look at statistics like that anymore, we don’t want to count deaths and seriously injured children. If we, the adults, make our own choices, the children cannot choose and have absolutely no guilt.
I invite you to become Responsible Parents, to inform yourself, to purchase and use a certified and tested car seat correctly, to drive carefully and never to forget: Child Car Safety is NOT optional!
Let’s become part of the European initiative in the field of Road Safety: Vision Zero, meaning to have 0 deaths on the roads!