On the first of July, 2010, Child Restraint Laws were introduced in South Australia (SA) to further protect children in car accidents. The enforcement of penalties occurred from the first of October, 2010.
As kids grow their restraint needs will change. It pays to stay on top of these changes as nothing offers the level of protection they need quite like a properly sized and fitted restraint. To provide maximum safety the restraint needs to be properly installed and adjusted to fit the child's body.
From the first of July, 2010, drivers need to make sure all children are secured in the following approved restraints when travelling in a vehicle.
0 to 6 Months: Rearward facing infant restraint.
6 Months to 4 Years: Rearward facing infant restraint or a forward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
4 Years to 7 Years: Forward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness or a booster seat with restraints that are properly fastened and an adjusted seatbelt or child safety harness.
7 Years plus: Booster seat with restraints that are properly fastened and an adjusted seatbelt or child safety harness or an adult seatbelt that is correctly adjusted.
If your child is too big or too heavy for the age allocated restraint, they should then utilise the restraint for the next age group. Adversely if your child is too small then utilise the restraint from the previous age group.
From the first of July, 2011, $305 on the spot fines will be issued to drivers if one child is not restrained and $361 if more than one child is not restrained. This doesn’t include the victims of crime levy. The loss of up to five demerit points may also be enforced.
Bus drivers:Exempt from ensuring passengers under 16 are restrained.
Taxi drivers:Exempt from having to provide child restraints or booster seats.
To be sure you’ve done everything possible to keep your child safe, make sure you have your child restraint fitted by an Authorised Child Restraint Fitting Station. Click here to contact your nearest Repco Authorised Service Centre.