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New car child seat law: Time for parents to get going.

Summary: Parents welcome the safety aspect of mandatory car child seats, but also have a few concerns

N. D. Prashant, Staff Reporter; Sajila Saseendran, Senior Reporter

Dubai/Abu Dhabi: For parents in the UAE, it is time to act before the new law regarding child car seats catches up with them.

While several parents have rushed to buy new car child seats, many others are in a wait and watch mode as they think that there are some practical challenges they need to resolve.

Abu Dhabi resident Pooja Sharma, who has a one-and-half year old son Aryaan Kazi, said she had been using child car seat from day one.

"Yes, kids do get cranky at times [in the seat] and you have to entertain them. When he gets very restless, we do pull over to attend to him. We all have to understand that rules are for our safety."

She believes that with time, children not used to being strapped in will eventually adjust.

Chandan Panjwani, also from Abu Dhabi, who has a two-year-old son Liam, said he immediately fixed a car child seat as the law came into force. "It takes time [for children] to adapt to something new. We had to persuade him, offer him candy and stuff to keep him quiet."

"My only worry is about the fines when we are forced to unbuckle them for some time if they get restless and that can happen on long journeys. I think authorities have to consider that," said Panjwani.

Sharjah resident Deepti Harikesh is yet to buy car seats for her children who are turning three and one in the next couple of months.

"We have been thinking of how to fix two car seats in our saloon car because my parents also live with us and travel with us. Since the new rule mandates passengers in the rear seats also to buckle up, it is going to be difficult for our entire family to travel together in the car," she said.

Dubai resident Sreejith Lal is also yet to buy a car seat for his one-year-old son Ishaan.

"We hardly take him out in the car because he falls sick when he goes out."

Lal said that he had hoped that someone would gift Ishaan a car child seat for his first birthday just gone by but that did not happen. "Now we will get one for him."

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jul 3, 2017
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