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A Queensland researcher has found about a quarter of children aren't travelling in the correct car
restraint. The wrong booster seat or capsule can put children at the risk of serious injury or
death in a car accident.

TONY EASTLEY: A Queensland researcher says about a quarter of children are at risk of being killed
or injured in a car crash because they aren't in the correct restraint.

National laws were rolled out last year but it appears many parents are confused about which seats
are appropriate.

Research suggests people from non-English backgrounds are more likely to be using the wrong device.

Kerrin Binnie reports.

KERRIN BINNIE: Researchers say each year 60 to 80 children are killed on the country's roads - the
number of serious injuries is more than 10 times higher.

ALEXIA LENNON: If children are not properly restrained they do stand, yes, a higher chance of being
injured and there are cases where that's happened.

KERRIN BINNIE: Dr Alexia Lennon is from the Queensland University of Technology's Centre for
Accident Research and Road Safety.

She has examined the use of child restraints in Queensland since the states and territories rolled
out uniform laws last year.

Dr Lennon has delivered her findings at a conference in Brisbane.

ALEXIA LENNON: There are still about a quarter of children who aren't in the right restraints so
obviously there's still some room to change things.

KERRIN BINNIE: The laws require children up to the age of seven to be properly restrained in a
capsule or booster appropriate for their age and size.

Dr Lisa Keay from the George Institute for Global Health says the use of the incorrect devices is a
national problem.

LISA KEAY: Any time you speak with families about this they want to know- You know, they're not
sure which seat for what age, what weight and really what we've found with some research that we've
done in Sydney, the law needs some support. There needs to be some education to go with the law to
really explain which seat is correct.

KERRIN BINNIE: Dr Keay says research also suggests parents from non-English speaking backgrounds
are more likely to use the wrong seat.

LISA KEAY: A number of studies have shown that. They're more likely to not be in the right seat for
age and also our research shows that there are some errors in how they are using the seats.

KERRIN BINNIE: She says the compliance rate could be improved if governments funded targeted
education campaigns.

Dr Lennon says the goal is to save more lives.

ALEXIA LENNON: We have very good quality restraints in Australia and part of the reason for
changing the legislation was to draw parent's attention to what type of restraint they should be
using with which size child, which age child. So it is more about, I think, making sure your child
is in the right restraint for that child's age.

TONY EASTLEY: Crash and injury researcher Dr Alexia Lennon ending Kerrin Binnie's report.