Child car seat safety program

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Make sure your precious cargo is transported safely!

Council holds two FREE child car seat safety check days throughout the year for Ku-ring-gai residents where child car seats are checked for correct fit by a Roads and Maritime Services authorised fitter.

Next child car seat safety check day

Yet to be confirmed - late 2017

New ratings for car seats

New Ratings for ten new child car seats have come into effect and are now available: Child Car Seats website

The ratings help consumers make the safest choice when it comes to child car seats. The website and campaign aims to profile the safety benefits of child car seats, showing consumers the correct car seat that is the safest for their child and how to get it fitted and adjusted correctly to the car seat.

New child car seat ratings include:

  • Rearward facing for babies up to 6 months
  • Rearward facing for babies up to 12 months
  • Convertible seats in rearward facing mode for babies up to 12 months and forward facing mode for babies 6 months to children up to 4 years

Convertible seats in rearward facing mode for babies up to 2.5 years and forward facing mode for babies 6 months to children up to 4 years.

Child Car Seats is an initiative of the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP), a partnership between Transport for NSW, NRMA, RACV, TAC and VicRoads.

Child restraint information

National child restraint laws

  • Children up to the age of six months must be secured in an approved rearward facing restraint.
  • Children aged from six months old but under four years old must be secured in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness.
  • Children under four years old cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
  • Children aged from four years old but under seven years old must be secured in a forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat.
  • Children aged from four years old but under seven years old 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 an approved child restraint or booster seat.
  • Children aged from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat.
  • Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seatbelt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

If your child is too small for the child restraint specified for their age, they should be kept in their current child restraint until it is safe for them to move to the next level.

If your child is too large for the child restraint specified for their age, they may move to the next level of child restraint.