Keeping children safe in and out of the car

Written by Canrone Cochin

A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be killed or injured in a crash than one who is not.

 Children aged between four and seven 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 seven years in a child car seat.

 National child restraint laws require your child to be restrained in the car as follows:

0 – 6 months

 Approved rear-facing child car seat.

 6 months – 4 years

 Approved rear or forward-facing child car seat.

 4+ years

 Approved forward-facing child car seat or booster seat.

 145cm or taller

 Suggested minimum height to use adult lap-sash belt.

 

Here are a few things you can do to help keep your children safe in and out of the car:

  • Children should remain in the car until an adult opens the ‘Safety Door’. This is the rear footpath side door of the car.
  • A sleeping child must remain firmly buckled up while in the car.
  • Assist your children to buckle up – always check the seatbelt is buckled up firmly and not twisted.
  • Make it a rule that every passenger must be securely buckled into a seatbelt or child car seat before you start the car.
  • Always help your child get in and out of the car through the ‘Safety Door’
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