In Australia, the National Child Restraint Laws set out requirements for safely seating children aged 6 months to 16 years.
The National Child Restraint Laws are listed below:
- Children aged from 6 months old but under 4 years old must be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
- Children under 4 years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
- Children aged from 4 years old but under 7 years old must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat.
- Children aged from 4 years old but under 7 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 aged from 7 years old but under 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.
- 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.
That’s a lot of requirements!
The key thing to remember for your littlest ones is to always use an Australian Standards approved child restraint – and use it correctly! Research proves that when restraints are used correctly it greatly increases a child’s safety during a crash.
This is why so many parents choose to get their child seat checked by an expert. Registered restraint fitters will ensure the restraint is installed correctly. Call 13 22 13 to find your nearest RMS Authorised Fitting Station or check out the free child seat check days provided by your local council. Free checks are initiated by your local council as part of the Local Government Road Safety Program.
Let’s keep our precious kids as safe as possible.