PARENTS IGNORE SAFETY RISK
recent school holidays have again highlighted a cavalier attitude
to family safety by many parents across Australia, according to a
spokesperson for cargo barrier manufacturers, Milford Industries.
Henry Mercieca, product manager of the company, claims the lack
of protection offered to a family when their loaded station wagon
has an accident and a cargo barrier has not been fitted to the vehicle,
is nothing short of criminal.
He said there was a perception amongst many parents that they
only loaded up their wagons once or twice a year for holidays, and
so it was not worth extra effort and expense to install a cargo
barrier. "In reality, these one or two trips are when accidents
are more likely to occur, due to fatigue and driving on unfamiliar
roads in different weather conditions. The coastal holiday regions
in Australia experience higher rainfall, and the alpine areas have
a very bad record for motor vehicle accidents," said Mr Mercieca.
"Items such as strollers, eskys, suitcases, golf clubs, children's
toys, ski equipment and toolboxes are extremely dangerous, and can
injure and kill the car's occupants in accidents, especially head-on
collisions and rollovers."
"The rear seats of vehicles do not have a load rating and can
collapse in a frontal collision, causing major problems for back
seat passengers, who are invariably children."
The use of roof racks for larger items such as surfing and ski
equipment is endorsed by Mr Mercieca, who points out that "all too
often you see these items jammed inside the vehicle with a small
child underneath them on the back seat. The potential for a disaster
Milford Industries manufacture cargo barriers to fit all popular
family wagons, 4WD vehicles and cargo vans. The barriers all comply
with Australian Standards regulations and are available from a network
of outlets Australia-wide. The Milford website highlights many case
histories and letters from clients who have avoided injury in motor
accidents simply because their vehicle was fitted with a Milford
Details of the Milford range of cargo barriers
can be obtained by calling 1800 683 577
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