Choosing the right restraint
All child restraints sold and used in Australia must comply with Australian/New Zealand Standard 1754 Child Restraints for Use in Motor Vehicles and are marked accordingly. This Standard is one of the most stringent child restraint standards in the world, so child restraints meeting this standard offer good protection in a crash.
Child restraints are designed to match a child’s age and size.
When buying a restraint you need to consider:
- The age and size of your child.
- If the restraint will fit in your vehicle.
- Level of protection.
Are for babies up to approximately 6 month or 12 months (depending on the model of child restraint). The restraint is held in place by the seatbelt and the top tether strap. The seat faces rearward and all have an inbuilt six point harness system.
Convertible forward-facing restraints
Combine the features of rearward facing and forward facing restraints in one child restraint. They accommodate babies from birth up to approximately 6 months or 12 months in rearward-facing mode. They can then be converted to forward facing for young children approximately 6 months to 4 years old. All have an inbuilt six point harness system.
Are designed for young children approximately 6 months to 8 years old. The restraint is held in place by the seatbelt and the top tether strap. The seat faces forward and incorporates an inbuilt six point harness system.
Convertible booster seats
Combine the features of forward facing restraints for young children and booster seats for older children. These restraints come with an inbuilt harness and a top tether strap. When the child outgrows the harness (ie the harness strap are too tight and do not fit over the shoulders correctly) it MUST be removed (as per manufacturer’s instruction) and the restraint is used as a booster seat with an adult lap sash belt.
Are suitable for older children approximately 4 to 7 years. They are used with an adult lap-sash seatbelt. Booster seats with high backs and sides provide protection for children in side impact crashes as well as providing support when sleeping.
It is strongly recommended that children aged 7 years and over stay in their booster seats until they are too big for them. Adult lap-sash seatbelts are designed for people with a minimum height of 145 cm. To fit correctly the lap belt is positioned low over the hip and the sash belt sits in the middle of the shoulder and does not touch the neck. Lap-sash seatbelts offer greater protection to passengers than lap-only seatbelts.