New child car restraints laws have been applied in the majority of the states of Australia, such as NSW, VIC, NT, TAS and QLD with WA and ACT implementing them in the nearest future.
Everyone should really keep their eyes open for any changes regarding child car restraints and any other child car seat rules. It is about the life safety of children, which makes this car seat safety news the most important to learn about.
The importance of the new child car restraint laws is underlined by the aim of the new child car seat rules to prevent deaths and injury of babies as well as young children in cars because at the time of an accident they are either unrestrained or in the wrong restrains.
The new national child restraint laws state:
• Children younger than 6 months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.
• Children aged 6 months to under 4 years must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint.
• Children aged 4 years to under 7 years must be secured in forward facing child restraint or booster seat.
• Children younger than 4 years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
• Children aged 4 years to under 7 years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than 7 years in a child restraint or booster seat.
Thus, it is important to carefully choose the best and safest car seats and correctly do child car seat installation to comply with the new child car restraint laws and ensure your child car seat safety.
If you have any doubts or questions about the new car seat rules to make sure you have the safest car seat, you should contact your local roads and traffic authority.