06 Mar Do you know your child restraints?
It is an important question for all parents, grandparents and carers to ask themselves; Do you know your child restraints? It is important to understand the different types of child restraints and different ages and sizes that children need to be in order to be safest when travelling in a vehicle.
Did you know that it is safest to keep your child in their car seat until they outgrow it, regardless of their age? While child restraint law is very important to follow, we can’t forget that children come in a variety of shapes and sizes and grow at different rates. What’s best for one family may not be best for another!
Some quick guides from the racv.com.au website on choosing the right restraints for your child:
-Babies and children should be in rear facing restraints from birth until they’ve outgrown it (or at least 6 months by law)
-Children that have outgrown their backwards facing restraint must use a forward facing seat until at least age 4 or until outgrown
– Children too large for forward facing restraints and older than 4 years require a booster seat.
-Children should only use seatbelts once taller than 145cm
Legal requirements can be viewed here: https://www.racv.com.au/child-safety-law
If you are unsure of how to install and secure a child restraint yourself, please contact a RACV approved fitting station such as Nunawading Engine Clinic. They can fit the seat for you and provide peace of mind that your precious cargo is travelling safely. If in doubt, get in touch with a professional and when choosing car seats and boosters be sure to inspect a range to find the best option for you.
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