New web-platform to provide child car seats to low-income families in Moldova

Children's Road Safety, Moldova

Child car restraints are a vital protection for child passengers. The probability of a child being injured in a crash or sudden stop is reduced by around 70% when an appropriate child restraint is used. However, in many low and middle-income countries the cost of child restraints means they are not an option for many families.

In Moldova, for example, a child car seat costs more than the average monthly wage, and could cost the equivalent of three months’ income for families in rural villages. For families with many children, providing them all with child restraints is simply impossible.

As such FIA Club members, and our EASST partners, the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM) and the Belarusian Auto Moto Touring Club (BKA) have come up with an innovative solution to providing child car seats to low-income families. and are two new web-donation platforms enabling families to donate and share child restraints across Moldova and Belarus respectively. was officially launched last week in Chisinau with the support of Parliamentary Speaker and Road Safety Ambassador, Andrian Candu, who kindly donated a child restraint of behalf of his family. Another donation was also gratefully received from Eugeniu Cojocaru of the Oratorul Theater.

These donations were formally presented to the Ivanov family, who have five children and the Fonariuc family, who have seven children. Both sets of parents were very grateful and excited to receive such gifts, which will be a huge support to their big families.

Mr Candu sends a video-message to the Ivanov family receiving his kind donation through the ACM.

The launch event included presentations by Virginia Mandalac and Tatiana Mihailova of the ACM on the functionality of new web-donation platform as well as a practical demonstration by Daniell Ballmann of the FIA Touring Club of Switzerland on the how to properly install and use different categories of child restraints.

Prior to the launch, the ACM hosted a special meeting for regional FIA Club members to share their experiences and projects related to promoting the use of child restraint systems. Irina Potyakina of the BKA and Tatiana Mihailova of the ACM presented the results of their national advocacy campaigns on the use of child restraints, both of which have seen an increase in the use and understanding of child restraint systems. The meeting also included special technical training on how to check the safety of a used car seat and the how to correctly use and install different types of restraints by Daniell Ballmann and Ms. Juliette Lunel of the FIA.

Through the ACM hopes for active community involvement and more families donating their used child restraints to other parents who face financial barriers to purchasing them.

The project is financed by the FIA and FIA Foundation within the FIA Road Safety Programme and FIA Action for Road Safety, and is supported by the Moldovan Parliament, EASST, the National Patrolling Inspectorate,,, “Oratorul” Theatre, the Ministry of Education, and Members of the National Road Safety Council.

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