Approximately 40% of child seats mounted in vehicles remain unused, according to a police survey released Wednesday. Child seat use in cars has been mandatory for children under the age of six since April 2000.
The police survey, which was conducted in conjunction with the Japan Automobile Federation, covered 102 locations nationwide. Results showed that as children get older, the use of child seats in cars appears to drop, with only 30% of children five years of age being strapped in.
Police said that, while they realize the seats may be expensive, parents need to make a greater effort to use them because they can mean the difference between life and death for a child in the event of an accident.© News reports