Car seat laws and regulations

Buckle up - It’s the car seat law

What are the car seat laws?

*Did you know*
All persons traveling in a motor vehicle must travel in a restraint that is properly adjusted and fastened. The restraint will be a child restraint, booster seat or adult seatbelt. The type of restraint will depend on the person’s size.

The road rules require:

If a car has two or more rows of seats, children under four must not travel in the front seat

  • If all seats, other than the front seats, are being used by children under seven years, children aged between four and six years (inclusive) may travel in the front seat, provided they use an approved child restraint or booster seat.

Up to six months

From six months up to four years

From four years up to seven years

Seven years and older

Rearward-facing infant restraint (e.g baby capsule)- must not be in front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows of seats.


Rearward-facing infant restraint.

or

Forward-facing child safety seat with an inbuilt harness.


Forward facing child safety seat with an inbuilt harness.

or

Booster seat*  and be restrained with a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt or child safety harness.

Booster seat* and be restrained with a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt or child safety harness.

or

A correctly fitted and adjusted adult seatbelt

* A booster seat can be used with a lap-sash seatbelt or child safety harness. A child safety harness is not recommended for use with a booster seat in a seating position with a lap-sash seatbelt.

Buying a Car Seat Checklist:

  • Take your child and your car along when buying a child car seat to check the right fit. Make sure you check the height markers because they are essential in choosing the right car seat.
  • Is the seat tested to 1754:2010 Australian Standard (red approval label)
  • Does the seat fit my car properly, can I install it easily, are the car seat belts long enough?
  • Can I fit any other car seats properly along with the new car seat?
  • Try to install the seat in your car before you buy it
  • Is the seat easy for me to use?
  • Does your child feel comfortable in it, does it have a sleeping position, is the harness easy to adjust?
  • Can your child get in and out easily?

 

*Important*
Use the car seat every single time, regardless of how long or how short the journey!

  For more info, always check the rules that apply in your state, they may differ.

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