All children under seven years of age must be secured in a child restraint or booster seat when traveling in a vehicle.
- Babies up to 6 month of age must be restrained in a rearward facing restraints.
- Children from 6 months to 4 years of age must be restrained in a rearward facing or forward facing restraint.
- From 4 years to 7 years of age a forward facing restraint or booster seat must be used.
In NSW the new laws came into effect on 1st March 2010
Toyota Australia has advised that Toyota Hilux Extra Cab (Xtra Cab) is not suitable for a child restraint, even though rear seats and seat belts are fitted. As a result child restraints must not be fitted in this model of vehicle. The owner’s manual also states; Do Not install a child restraint system on the rear seats. These seats are not designed to hold a child restraint system.
Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory have or are implementing the changes. Therefore it is recommended that you use a restraint when travelling interstate.
If using a second hand child restraint, it is important to know the history of the restraints. Second hand restraints should not be used if they have been in a car crash. Always check that the straps, webbing and buckles are intact. The restraint should not have cracks. Child restraints should not be used if they are over 10 years old. All child restraints should have the date of manufacture printed on them.
No. Child restraints must comply with the Australian Standard. Restraints bought overseas (other than New Zealand) do not comply with our standard. Consumers should be wary of purchasing child restraints from online auction websites or online stores as these may not be comply with Australian standards.
Firstly check that the harness shoulder height is correct (if the harness straps are 25mm below the child’s shoulder you need to move them up to the next level.) In extreme cases as a last resort try the “Securap” product. Your child needs to learn that car travels without LV Replicas correct harness use is not an option.