Keeping your child safe in your car is a priority for most parents – here are a few ways that you can keep your child safer.
With so many child car seats on the market, it can be overwhelming and frustrating to pick one from over 200 types. From forward facing, rear facing and booster seats, ChildCarSeats.com.au lets you easily and quickly compare your options. All children must be safely fastened in a car seat suitable for their age and size. Car seats should also be properly fitted, and it is advised to carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions when fitting any car seat.
National child restraint laws
These guidelines are provided by the Centre for Road Safety
· Children up to the age of six months must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint
· Children aged from six months old but under four years old must be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness
· Children under four years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows of seats
· Children aged from four years old but under seven years old must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat
· Children aged from four years old but under seven years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows of seats, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in an approved child restraint or booster seat
· Children aged from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat
· Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.
Never leave your baby or child alone in the car
Cars can get very hot, very quickly – even on cool or overcast days.