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How to choose the right Child Restraint

How to choose the right Child Restraint

Choosing the correct child restraint for your children is one of the most important safety purchases you will make. We have collated some important tips and information to make navigating this topic simpler. For further details and information please see our further reading resources listed below.

Important Tips

  • Only purchase/use an Australian approved child restraint. It must display the sticker with the AS/NZS 1754 Standard.
  • It is unsafe to use a child restraint model that is over 10 years old.
  • Ensure you have the correct restraint for the age/size of your child.

Choosing the correct child restraint

Children need to be fastened using the correct car restraint for their age and height. To help review the different brands and their safety ratings, Transport NSW recommends this website:

https://www.childcarseats.com.au/

National Child Restraint Laws

Babies under 6 months

Must use an approved rearward-facing restraint.

Children 6 months to 4 years

Must use either an approved rearward or forward-facing restraint.

Children 4 years +

  • Must use either an approved forward-facing restraint or booster seat.
  • Children aged from four years old but under seven years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in an approved child restraint or booster seat.
  • Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

Children over 145cm

May use an adult seatbelt.

Children aged from 7 to 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat.

Authorised Restraint Fitting Station

To have your child restraint installed by an authorised fitter is highly recommended. An authorised fitter can:

  • Inspect and adjust child car seats to make sure they are installed correctly.
  • Fit child car seats that require vehicle modifications.
  • Install more anchorage points.
  • Retrofit lap and lap-sash seatbelt.
  • Show you the correct way to use your child car seat.

How much does this cost?

Most councils will run free fitting station days periodically. Many baby product stores will run fitting stations with approx. costs ranging from:

  • Inspect and adjust child restraint, $20-$30
  • Install or fit a child restraint, $35-$75

To find an authorised Fitting Station

NSW: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/index.cgi?action=authrestraintfitting.form

VIC: https://www.racv.com.au/on-the-road/driving-maintenance/racv-car-servicing-repairs.html

WA: https://www.roadwise.asn.au/childrestraints/

https://www.childcarseats.com.au/

Further reading

https://www.racv.com.au/on-the-road/driving-maintenance/road-safety/child-safety/child-restraints.html
https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/children/childcarseats/index.html