Child Safety Restraints
Approximately 400 children in Australia are killed or
injured in car crashes each year because of incorrectly
fitted child restraints.
New Laws Around Child Restraints
In 2009 new laws come into play around child safety
restraints. It is the driver's
responsibility to ensure that passengers under 16 years
of age are properly restrained in a seat belt or
approved child restraint. Child restraints must be
suitable for the child's size and weight and be properly
fitted and adjusted.
Approved restraints carry the Australian Standards AS
This law states that children under one year must
be carried in an approved child restraint suitable for
the child's size and weight, properly fitted and
adjusted. Changes to the legislation
starting 9 November 2009 mean that, children under seven
years of age must use a child restraint or booster seat
when travelling in a car.
The changes will require that...
Children aged under 6 months must use an approved,
properly fastened and adjusted rearward facing
Children aged between 6 months and under 4 years
must use an approved, properly fastened and adjusted
rearward facing child restraint OR a forward facing
Children aged between 4 years and under 7 years must
use an approved, properly fastened and adjusted
forward facing restraint or a an approved booster
seat which is properly positioned and fastened.
There are also new laws for where children can sit in
If a car has two or more rows of seats, then
children under 4 years must not travel in the front
If all seats, other than the front seats, are being
used by children under 7 years, children aged
between four and six years (inclusive) may travel in
the front seat, provided they use an approved
restraint or booster that is properly fitted.
Exemptions to child restraint legislation apply if..
a child under one is travelling in a taxi and a
suitable restraint is not available, provided the
child does not travel in the front seat
a child is travelling in a police or emergency
a child has a medical condition or physical
disability that makes it impractical to use a child
restraint, and the driver has a certificate from a
doctor indicating this is the case
There are penalties for drivers who do not ensure that
their passengers, under the age of 16, are properly
restrained. Make sure you check the
regulations in your State.
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