cute baby 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Parents who have babies at the two Hadassah University Medical Centers in
Jerusalem and don’t arrive with a car safety seat to take them home are now
being offered one by the driver from the private company Hadassah
In what is reportedly the country’s first-ever such cooperative
project, the Hadassah Medical Organization, the taxi company and Beterem, the
National Center for Child Safety and Health, are ensuring that newborns are
belted up safely when taken home for the first time.
The need for it
became clear when Beterem and Hadassah’s neonatal and obstetrics departments did
a survey of 56 mothers over a three-week period and found that five mothers
declared they were taking the baby home without a safety seat.
them were haredim and one Arab – the sectors least likely to have their own car,
and thus, a car seat – though certain “sal-kal” infant seats are also considered
safe for seating babies in vehicles.
Many parents mistakenly think that
infants are “safest” when held in their arms.
Beterem reported that in
the past year, there has been a decline in the number of children – babies
included – who are belted in the back seat of vehicles; the rate of those up to
the age of one year who were not in safety seats or not belted properly was 56
percent, according to a 2009 National Road Safety Authority survey; the figure
in the 2008 survey was only 31%.
By law, babies and children may not be
transported in vehicles without being properly seated in car seats, booster
seats or seat belts (older children only).
US research has shown that the
risk of a child being seriously injured in a car accident if he is not seated
and/or belted is 3.5 times that of a child who is properly seated and/or
The neck muscles in babies and toddlers are not strong, so in a
crash, whiplash can cause serious injuries and death; the safety seat also
prevents the child from being thrown into the windshield and reduces the risk of
being crushed in an accident.
Until babies up to age one should be seated
in the back seat and facing the back window.
After that, a young child
can face the front but should not sit in the front seat due to potential harm
from airbags inflating in an accident.
According to Beterem, sitting
belted in car seat cuts the death rate of babies in accidents by
Hadassah and Beterem have taught the managers of Hadassah Taxis and
all the drivers how to insert the safety seats and buckle up
The seats were donated by the Shilav store at
Signs noting the availability of the car seats have been hung
at the stations and inside the taxis.