CHILD RESTRAINT LAWS
All children up to the age of 7 MUST be safely fastened in the correct restraint for their age and size.
- Children younger than six months must be secured in a rearward facing child restraint
- Children aged between six months and four years must be secured in either a rear facing child restraint OR a forward facing restraint with an in-built harness
- Children aged between four years and seven years must be secured in a forward facing child restraint with in-built harness OR booster seat
- Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows
- Children aged between four years and seven years 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 a child restraint or booster seat.
Did you know car seats expire?
Child restraint manufacturers do not recommend the use of restraints that are over 10 years old. Why? The materials your older restraints are constructed with degrade. This degradation could impede the restraints abilities to perform when involved in a collision. Restraints also undergo major advances in technology & changes in standards so therefore will not have all the safety features as more current child restraint to meet the Australian Standard.
Should I buy a second hand child restraint?
Knowing the history of a second hand or used restraint is extremely important. Visually a restraint can look to be in perfect condition but you may not be able to see damage within the plastic for example hairline fractures or stress marks.
If finances only allow the use of a second hand restraint please make sure you check the restraint is within the 10 years old from the date of manufacture, is supplied with all parts that originally came with it including instruction manual and complies to Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754.
Recommendation: Only use a second hand child restraint from someone you know well and fully trust.
These recommendations are put in place to protect your child’s life, well being and safety.
Australian Child Restraint Resource Initiative – ACRI
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission- ACCC
Child Restraint Laws are universal throughout Australian States & Territories