New Child Restraint Laws in WA, effective since October the first, 2010, requires drivers to ensure the safety of children up to seven years old to be properly seated in an Australian Standards approved restraint.
If the vehicle's driver does not uphold the following regulations the can be fined $500 for one improperly restrained occupant and an extra $100 per additional unrestrained passenger. The driver will also lose 4 demerit points.
These new regulations will help to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths of children in car accidents. The regulations specifically state what restraint should be used in accordance with the user’s age.
If your child is under the weight and size guidelines keep them in their current restraint until they need to move up. If your child is over the weight and size guidelines you can move them up into the next sized restraint.
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.