Issue 34 – December 2011
Parents and caregivers across New Zealand have a new tool to help them quickly find a qualified professional able to provide advice on the sale, rental, and fitting of child restraints. The New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) website has been updated with a new Find a child restraint technician map. The map lists (via region) child restraint technicians (CRTs) who have been trained and certified, and are happy to be contacted by parents and caregivers.
NZTA Acting Manager Network User Behaviour Jennie Gianotti says the safety of children in vehicles is of vital importance to the NZTA. 'Often parents assume their child restraint is fitted correctly but many roadside checks show this sometimes isn't the case. It's important to have informed advice when buying or fitting a child restraint.'
The NZTA recently introduced a competence-based system linked to the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), to help strengthen the skills of child restraint technicians. Under the new system all CRTs will be trained and assessed as competent by achieving two NZQF unit standards demonstrating the knowledge required to sell, rent, or install child restraints.
'By linking CRT training to the NZQF, a consistent level of knowledge and practical expertise is gained by those who are certified,' says Gianotti. 'This will build the capacity to give informed advice across the sector.'
There are currently 230 CRTs around the country, with more qualifying every day. CRTs work for a variety of organisations such as retailers, car rental companies, NZ Police, hospitals, and not-for-profits such as Plunket. Opening up the training to any organisation that deals with parents/caregivers and young children should improve safety across the board.
Summarised from an NZTA media release 8 November 2011.
- AS/NZS 1754:2010 Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles
- AS/NZS 3629.1:2010 Methods of testing child restraints – Method 1: Dynamic testing
- AS/NZS 3629.7:2010 Methods of testing child restraints – Method 7: Test for suitability of seatbelt length
- AS/NZS 3629.8:2010 Methods of testing child restraints – Method 8: Test for suitability of booster seat profile
- AS/NZS 3629.9:2010 Methods of testing child restraints – Method 9: Test for length of seating surface on a booster seat
- ISO 22239-1:2009 Road vehicles – Child seat presence and orientation detection system (CPOD) – Part 1: Specifications and test methods
- ISO 22239-2:2009 Road vehicles – Child seat presence and orientation detection system (CPOD) – Part 2: Resonator specification
- ISO 22239-3:2009 Road vehicles – Child seat presence and orientation detection system (CPOD) – Part 3: Labelling
- BS ISO 29061-1:2010 Road vehicles – Methods and criteria for usability evaluation of child restraint systems and their interface with vehicle anchorage systems – Part 1: Vehicles and child restraint systems equipped with ISOFIX anchorages and attachments
- 'Becoming a child restraint technician' – NZTA guide now available, Touchstone, May 2011
- Fitting child seats made safe and simple – new Standard, media release, 9 March 2011
- Efforts to make children safer in cars, Touchstone, April 2010
- Safekids gift buying tips for a safe Christmas and summer, Touchstone, December 2009
- Safety first – Consumer New Zealand guide to buying second-hand cots, highchairs, children's car seats and strollers, Touchstone, March 2009