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Journeys : Feb March 2011
February / March 2011 31 Life on the move Pickles Auctions For real peace of mind, purchase an RACT roadworthy inspected vehicle. For a detailed listing and photographs of vehicles visit our website. www.pickles.com.au Government & Fleet vehicle auction Fixed Price Sales Saturday 9am to 2pm and Monday 8am to 4.30pm 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 7009 Ph: (03) 6108 8444 Dear Darren For some time now, I have been under the impression that it is not safe to put covers (such as sheepskin) over any seat that has airbags installed within that seat. I have checked the manual for our Subaru Liberty Sedan and it clearly states that nothing should be put over the seats to restrict the deployment of the airbags. While I realise that everybody does not spare the time to carefully peruse the manuals for their vehicles – they are indeed rather voluminous – if my assumption is cor rect I think it would be a good idea for this safety issue to be made more public and save people from what could be quite severe harm. As a person who is fanatical about safety in cars, I would appreciate your comments on this matter. Pamela R abbidge Sandy Bay Hi Pamela, An excellent question! You are pretty much spot-on with your letter – fitting a cover to a seat that has an airbag will seriously affect the deployment of the airbag if a serious side impact happens. You can buy covers that cater for airbags, but they tend to be a bit untidy, as they have a slit up the outside of the cover to allow the airbag to deploy unhindered. Some car manufacturers (like Subaru) do not recommend the use of seat covers at all, but others like Toyota actually make a genuine accessory seat cover. Personally I wouldn’t fit a cover at all, genuine part or not. Thanks again for raising this important safety point. Darren Moody R ACT General Manager, Roadside and Technical Services Q&A Darren Moody answers readers’ questions No need to book: just turn up The RACT and Kidsafe are continuing a series of rural and regional information sessions on child restraints during the first part of 2011. Meetings have already been held in Beaconsfield, George Town, New Norfolk, Nubeena, Dunalley, Queenstow n and Smithton. Future meetings will be held in these centres: Orford – Orford Primary School – 24 February at 10am Swansea – May Shaw Health Centre Inc – 24 February at 2pm Geeveston – GeCo Community Centre – 2 March at 10am Cygnet – Cygnet Town Hall – 2 March at 2pm Campbell Town – Campbell Town Hall – 17 March at 10.30am Rules on child restraints were recently updated, and while urban Tasmanians have good access to the R ACT’s child restraint advice and fitting expertise, both Kidsafe and the RACT were concerned that Tasmanians living outside the cities do not enjoy the same convenience. The par tnership between the R ACT and Kidsafe is supported by the MAIB Foundation. The information sessions are an opportunity to get the latest news on the restraint rules, and also to have existing restraints checked by RACT experts. There’s no need to book – just come along! For fur ther information, contact Darren Moody on 0418 893 900. Free child restraint information for rural Tasmanians
Apr May 2011