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When I first decided to do an informative blog on my business website - babythings.com.au - about baby and child Car Restraints (i.e. Capsules, Car Seats and Booster seats), I did not realise how vast the subject actually is and the information that mums, dads and child carers require.

In order to keep all concerned people informed I will start with the basic rules and requirements and expand from there.

As with most rules, there are exceptions, as all children are not the same size and grow at different rates.

Previously most Child Car Restraint rules and regulations were based on the weight of a child.

This has now changed. All new child car Restraints will in future have Shoulder Height Markers which indicate to parents and carers the height the child should be to fit the Restraint as well as when the harnesses should be readjusted for the child's safety and comfort.

The National Road Safety Laws (AS/NZS 1754) for Child Restraints and Booster Seats (Age is an approximation depending on child's height), requires that:

  • Children less than six months must be secured in an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, rear-facing child restraint, such as capsule, infant carrier or convertible car seat.
  • Children from six months to four years must be secured in an approved, properly fastened and adjusted rear-facing child restraint or forward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
  • Children aged from four years to seven years must be secured in an approved, properly fastened and adjusted, forward-facing child restraint with an in-built harness (within the manufacturer's guidelines) or an approved booster seat which is properly positioned and fastened.
  • From seven years of age children can travel in a car secured in either; A booster seat; A booster seat and child harness; A car seat belt and child harness; or the adults car's seat belt.

To illustrate the various types of Child Car restraints that are available in Australia I have borrowed some graphics from Britax/Safe-n-Sound:-

Car Seat Types

Birth to 6-12 months (approx)

 INFANT CARRIER


Rearward-facing restraint for use until your infant’s shoulders reach the shoulder height marker (birth to approx. 6 - 12 months of age.

 

Birth to 4 years (approx)

CONVERTIBLE CAR SEAT

For use in a rearward-facing position until your child’s shoulders reach the lower shoulder height marker (approx 12 months of age). Then to be used in forward-facing position until the shoulders reach the upper shoulder height marker (approx. 4 years of age).

 

6 months to 8 years (approx)

CONVERTIBLE BOOSTER SEAT

For use in forward-facing position with built-in harness for children whose shoulders are above the lower shoulder height marker (approx. 6 months of age) until their shoulders reach the middle shoulder height marker (approx. 4 years of age). 
Then used with either a lap-sash seatbelt or an add-on accessory child harness until child’s shoulders reach the upper shoulder height marker (approx. 8 years of age).

4 years to 8-10 years (approx)

BOOSTER SEAT

For use with either a lap-sash seatbelt or an add-on accessory child harness by children whose shoulders are above the lower shoulder height marker (approx. 4 years of age) until child’s shoulders reach the upper shoulder height marker approx. 8 years of age or alternatively up to approx. 10 years of age with larger booster seats.

4 years to 10 years (approx)

CHILD HARNESS

For children aged approx. 4 to 7 years of age, the child harness should be used with a compatible booster seat and seatbelt.
For children aged approx. 7 to 10 years of age, the child harness should be used with a compatible booster seat and seatbelt, or on a vehicle seat with a lap only seatbelt.

 

Britax/Safe-n-Sound, Infa Secure,Baby Love and Dorel/Maxi Cosi all make and supply a selection of Child Restraints that suit all stages of your child's growth.

I have attempted to cover the basic requirements and I am happy to have comments and enquiries from my readers and interested people.  Please contact me on max.kaler@babythings.com.au