Parenting Tips for Home | Seatbelt Safety

Parenting Tips for Home | Seatbelt Safety

It is so important to be aware of national child restraint laws and seatbelt use, so that you and your child travel safely in your vehicle.

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.