Travelling in the car is something that we regularly do with our families, whether that be setting off on a road trip during the holidays or taking a quick trip around the corner to the shops to pick up supplies for dinner. Motor vehicle crashes are a major cause of unintentional death and injury, which is why it is important that we all take measures to ensure everyone is travelling as safely as possible.
Correctly fitted and used child car restraints and booster seats play an important part in protecting children from serious injury and death in the event of a crash. To ensure that the maximum level of protection is provided for your children, it is important that the restraint they are travelling in is:
The information in this section will help you to choose, install and use the right restraint for your child.
When considering which restraint to purchase for your child, there are a number of things to consider, including:
Second hand car restraints should be used with caution. If you are considering using a second hand restraint there are a few things to consider, including:
National Child Restraint Best Practice Guidelines
Purchasing a Rearward Facing Restraint for Newborns
RACV – Child Restraints and Airbags
RACV – Using Restraints
VicRoads – Child Restraints, Booster Seats and Seatbelt Readiness
Child Restraint Evaluation Program
Seat Me Safely