If you have an old car seat, you are invited to donate it and keep a child safe.

Johannesburg - If you have an unused child car seat collecting dust, Imperial and radio station 947 are calling on you to dust it off and donate it to those less fortunate.

The charity, which has been running for the past three Octobers, has collected, refurbished and redistributed thousands of car seats to families that can’t afford them.

“If we consider that approximately 250 children die a year in South Africa because they were not strapped in, it is clear that there is a need to increase education around not only strapping a child in, but also ensuring that the child is placed in the correct seat for their weight,” says Imperial’s Niki Cronje.

“Remember that the car seat should be in good working order,” says 947 Breakfast Xpress presenter Samantha Cowen. “Your seat will then be re-upholstered, safety-checked and cleaned to ensure it is safe to use and comfortable, before being handed to families who cannot, in many cases, afford to purchase a new car seat.”

Collection dates and points will be set up at locations across the province.

For more information on how to get involved, tune into The Breakfast Xpress show on 947 next week or see www.947.co.za.

Car seatbelts are only designed for an adult’s body. This is why a car seat – the right one for a child’s weight – is so important to snugly and comfortably hold a baby in place in a vehicle. It’s estimated that about 60 percent of small child passengers who die on South Africa’s roads are not being properly buckled up.

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