Child car restraint requirements in Western Australia

Posted on: Monday, 15 May 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

Using an appropriate child car restraint can greatly reduce the risk of death or serious injury to a child in the event of a crash.

The effectiveness of a child car restraint is dependent on correct installation.

The following information is intended as a quick reference guide to using child car restraints in Western Australia:

  • Children from birth up to the age of six months must be in a rearward facing child car restraint (capsule or rearward convertible).
  • Children from six months up to the age of four years must be in either a rearward or forward facing restraint with an internal five point harness.
  • Children from four years up to the age of seven years must be restrained in either a forward facing restraint with an internal five point harness or a booster seat restrained by a lap sash seat belt or child safety harness.

A child aged six months or more must remain rearward facing until they reach at least the minimum height markers required in forward facing mode.

A child aged four years and above can use a booster seat once they reach the minimum height limit for the booster seat being used.

Many booster seats will allow a child to remain in them until well past 7 years old, with some allowing children to use them until approximately 10 years of age.

WALGA’s RoadWise coordinates the Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitting Service which provides the public with access to child car restraint fitting services across Western Australia. The service also provides a telephone information service and a website to provide the public with access to information about fitting service locations and advice on child car restraints.

To find out the child car restraint requirements for your child, ensure correct installation of your child car restraint, or to find details of available Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters near you, call the WALGA RoadWise Child Car Restraint Fitting Information Line on 1300 780 713 or visit www.childcarrestraints.com.au.

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