Child Car Seats (Child Restraints)
Motor vehicles accidents are the cause of the highest number of deaths in children aged between 0 and 14 years and are the second highest cause of hospital admissions.
Whenever children are passengers in a vehicle they should be seated in the most appropriate child restraint for their age and size.
To provide the best protection for your child in a motor vehicle, here are some simple steps to follow:
- Always choose, correctly fit and use the restraint most appropriate for your child’s age and size.
- Use a restraint which has been approved to the Australian Standards.
- Place your child in an appropriate child restraint for every single journey.
- Second hand restraints should be used with caution. You should be aware of the history of the restraint and be sure that the restraint has all the appropriate fittings. Any restraint that is more than 10 years old should not be used.
- Children are safest when travelling in the rear of the vehicle.
- Do not move your child to the next restraint until they have outgrown it.
For more information see the Sections below.