Good friends of the Cruise Control Center team recently became the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy and being the kind hearted car centric people that we are we decided on gifting them a joint gift of a kids car seat so transport the nipper in safety. Now as none of us have kids that require car seats we weren’t up to date on all the regulations, and boy are there a lot! SO here we are spreading the wealth of knowledge we now know about transporting your ankle biters!
Under six months
For infants that are less than 6 months old they must be placed in a rear facing seat that has an inbuilt harness to secure them in the seat. Additionally, babies this young must not be placed in the front row of seats in a vehicle
Six month to four years
Like infants less than 6 months old, this age group cannot sit in the front of seats and must also have a seat that has an inbuilt harness, but can be in a forward facing or rear facing seat.
Four years to seven years and up
Your more mobile nippers get to be in forward facing seats only. They can either be in a child car seat with an inbuilt harness or a booster seat coupled with a child safety harness or a properly adjusted adult seatbelt. Kids this age can be in the front seat but ONLY if the other seats in the vehicle are being occupied by children under seven years old
Once your child tips the ruler at 145cm they no longer need a booster set or child car seat and can use the regular seatbelts in car. You will sometime see information that says children over 7 years of age can use adult seat belts but bear in mind this is only true of they are taller than 145 cm. In reality most kids are going to need to be in a booster seat till they are at least 10.
A good way of knowing if your child is ready for an adult seatbelt is to follow this 5 step test courtesy of RaisingChildren.net.au
Children are big enough to use adult seatbelts if they can do the following:
- Sit with their backs firmly against the seat back.
- Bend their knees comfortably over the front of the seat cushion.
- Sit with the sash belt across their mid-shoulder.
- Sit with the lap belt across the top of their thighs.
- Stay in this position for the whole car trip.
If you are concerned about which type of child seat to get or if an old one that you have is still safe then take a look at ChildCarSeats.com.au, you can easily search makes and models and be sure you are getting the most up to date info.
Car seat safety may seem like a bit of overkill considering many of use grew up bouncing around utes whose safety features includes a handle to hold onto and, well, the seat of our pants, but there is no denying that keeping our most precious cargo safe is a bad thing. Encourage you little ones to be aware of care safety from an early age with this wiggle-tastic video!