Auto safety: the fundamentals of children’s car seats
In the rear-facing child car seats, forward-facing child car seats or booster seats, children aged up to seven years must ride.
Your child’s car seat is required:
Be suitable for the size of your child,
Be professionally mounted
It is appropriately fastened and tailored to accommodate
Comply with AS/NZS 1754 Australian/New Zealand Standard.
A properly fastened adult lap-sash seatbelt should be used for children seven years and older, but only because they are tall enough for the seatbelt to suit them appropriately.
If kids are using a special infant car seat or an adult seatbelt until they are the correct height, if you have a wreck, they will not be adequately secured. How to figure out the most fitting car harness for the age of your child is discussed in our report on child car seats.
Security in cars: seatbelts
In Australia, without a correctly fitted and fastened seatbelt, driving or riding in a vehicle is unlawful. Carrying your kid on your lap in a private vehicle is still unlawful and dangerous, particularly though you’re wearing a seatbelt. Even, with your child or another passenger, you can never share a seatbelt.
By always having your own seatbelt, you will set a good example for youth. By watching the grown-ups around them, young children understand the most.
Only start driving when all the seat belts are done. Never drive when the car seat straps on your infant are undone or bent. Stop the vehicle and redo the belts or buckles whether your child loses straps or undoes buckles. Explain the things you do.
It’s better to choose one that will detach your child from the straps and last until you hit your destination if you choose to give your child a reward or encouragement for leaving straps or buckles alone.
Where kids should be seated in cars: the rule
For where kids can ride in motor cars, there are minimum legal requirements:
If the car has two or three rows of seating, children under the age of six months do not sit in the front row of the vehicle.
If the car has two or more rows of seats, children aged six months to four years do not sit in the front row of the vehicle. If there is only one row of seats in the vehicle, children will sit in the front row if they have the right car seat for the infant. Although where there is a passenger airbag, rear-facing children’s car seats should not be used.
Children from four years of age up to seven years of age may only sit in the front row of a vehicle with two or more rows of seats if they are in a proper car seat for children under seven years of age and only if all other rear seats are occupied by children under seven. If there is only one row of seats in the vehicle, children will sit in the front row if they have the right car seat for the infant.
Using a compatible booster seat or seatbelt, children aged seven years and older should sit in the front row.
The most secure position in the car is the back row of seats. Whenever practicable, you can sit your child in the back row. If you have to sit your child in the front row, move the seat as far back as possible if the airbags are enabled to shield your child from injuries. A car’s airbags can never be damaged or removed.
Safety tips for cars: limbs, locks, loose things, cats, kerbside
When travelling in the car, here are some extra safety tips:
When it’s driving or stopped by the side of the lane, ensure that your child still holds arms, legs, and head inside the vehicle.
Trigger childproof door locks so that when the vehicle is moving or standing still, the child can’t get out. Generally, these locks are behind most car doors. Review the manual of your car.
Hold loose objects in station wagons and four-wheel drives in the glove box or the trunk or behind the freight fence. In a collision, loose objects will fly around and raise the risk of injuries.
Make sure it’s fully mounted while travelling with an empty infant seat in the vehicle. This should save it from spinning around in a collision and hurting someone.
Restrain some animals that are travelling with you. With a seatbelt or luggage tie, you can purchase pet harnesses that you can protect. This not only protects your cat, it also protects any passengers in your vehicle.
Always on the kerbside, away from traffic, get your kid in and out of the vehicle.
Still carry the hands of small children along the roads. Before at least 10 years of age, children require grown-up guidance along roads. You will learn more on safety for pedestrians.
To make your kid happy in the car
It will make it difficult for you to focus and drive safely by driving with bored and angry kids in the car. The following tips may be helpful:
When you drive, talk. Talking is passing the time, distracting your boy. Discuss as you enter, what you’re going to do, or point out sights through the glass.
Sing along to the favourite songs of your kids, read some nursery rhymes or play an audio story.
Praise your child for good conduct in the vehicle, such as holding the harness or seatbelt on and leaving the locks alone. For starters,’ when you have your seatbelt on, I like driving the car,’ that’s great action.’ You can consider using reward maps as well.
Provide your child with plenty of safe distractions, such as music or audio books, and gentle, hand-held games or books. When your child is in a forward-facing car seat for children where you can see what your child is doing, snacks and drinks are a smart idea.
If your child needs care, pull off to the side of the lane.
Never leave your kid in a vehicle unattended. The temperature inside a vehicle will get to dangerously high levels on a hot day and cause your child significant harm or even death. Learn about the sun and cars for more.
Safe behaviour for driving
You’re liable for driving safely as a driver. This involves complying with road rules and at all times being conscious and alert about safety.
Here are some key points on healthy driving to note:
It will make you drowsy and affect your perception, vision, focus and response time by driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.
It is illegal to drive while texting or communicating on a hand-held cell phone.
Your ability to focus will be impaired by using hands-free technology when driving.
It’s not possible to drive when getting sleepy. Your ability to focus will be impaired by exhaustion.
In the future, the way you drive will impact the kind of driver your child will be. You are setting a strong example for your child by driving safely.
Car Seats for Children: What You Need to Know
Your child wants either a rear-facing child car seat, forward-facing child car seat, booster seat or an adult seatbelt to ride in your car.
The baby car seat must:
Be suitable for the size of your child,
Be mounted correctly in your vehicle
Be fastened and balanced appropriately to suit your child
Comply with AS/NZS 1754 Australian/New Zealand Standard.
Australia’s car seats for children: the rule
The minimum legal requirements for the use of car seats in Australia for children are based on age:
A rear-facing infant car seat with an inbuilt belt must be used for children under six months.
A rear-facing or forward-facing infant car seat with an integrated belt must be used for infants aged six months up to four years.
A forward-facing infant car seat with an incorporated brace or a booster seat with an adult lap-sash seatbelt or child safety harness must be used for children under four years and under seven years.
A booster seat with an adult lap-sash seatbelt or child safety harness, or a normal seat with an adult seatbelt must be used for children aged seven years and over.
It is still best to keep your child, regardless of age, in the car seat that is most comfortable for the size of your child. The statute also provides for the following as well:
Children who are too young for the car seat prescribed for their age group can remain in their current seat until the next age group grows into the seat.
For the next age group, children who are too large for the infant car seat defined for their age will switch to the seat specified.
When your child is old enough to start using a specific car seat, the shoulder height indicators on car seats indicate when you can convert the seat to the next use and when your child is too big for the seat. It’s a smart idea to ask your child and family health nurse or another specialist if you want advice on putting your child into a new car seat.
If kids switch to a car seat for the next age group when they’re old enough, if you have an accident, the seat might not cover them properly.
Moving to a seatbelt for adults: the rule
Under statute, adult seatbelts should be used by children aged seven years and over, but only if they are wide enough. When a police officer believes a child over seven years of age is not appropriately wearing an adult seatbelt, the officer will give you a note of violation.
It’s good to note that, for an adult seatbelt, most 7-year-olds are too little. A lot of kids are not tall enough to wear an adult seatbelt comfortably until they’re 10-12 years old. This is because adult seatbelts are built for persons with a height of at least 145 cm.
The five-step test would allow you to determine whether your child is wide enough to switch to an adult seatbelt. When they can do the following, children are large enough to wear adult seatbelts:
Sit back down tightly on the seat on their backs.
Comfortably bend their legs over the front of your seat cover.
Sit over their mid-shoulder with the sash belt.
Sit over the top of their thighs with your lap belt.
For the entire car ride, remain in this place.
The back row of seats is the best position in the car—whenever possible, you can put your child in the back row.
Health requirements for car seats for children: the rule
By law, all infant car seats used, imported or sold in Australia shall conform with the AS/NZS 1754 Australian/New Zealand Standard. The mark Standards should appear on the packaging of new car seats for children and on the car seat itself.
Often search for those of Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 8005 if you purchase attachments for your infant seat, such as seatbelt modifiers, caps, inserts or padding.
It is important that you only use accessories that come with a child’s car seat, or accessories that are licensed for use with that specific car seat.
At Child Car Seats, you should verify the security efficiency of child car seats.
Fitting car seats for kids into your car
For protection, all infant car seats must be fitted properly, although they can be tricky to install.
When you buy a new car seat for babies, it’s a smart idea to make sure it suits in your car before you buy it. You may ask the store to let you try pairing your car with a show model.
It is also a smart idea to get your new car seat properly fitted or tested at a local fitting facility after you’ve acquired an infant car seat. And please follow the manufacturer’s directions if you need to shift the car seat later.
Here are few valuable guidelines for learning how to install and use a child’s car seat:
Choose the right anchorage points and figure out where they are by consulting your car manual. If you have an ISOFIX compliant infant seat, ensure that your car still has low ISOFIX anchorage points.
Place the child’s car seat securely.
Be sure the other passengers can also get to their seatbelt buckles quickly.
Know how your child should be held and the belt firm up.
As your child ages, regularly inspect and change the seat’s belt and shoulder height markings.
Sitting in a child’s car seat for long stretches is not ideal for the physical development of the child. Therefore, when you get out of the car, it’s important to take your child out of the car seat, even though they’ve fallen asleep. It is also necessary, at least every two hours, to take a break.
If you follow the manufacturer’s directions when using and using infant car seats, you can help to keep your child safe in the event of a traffic collision. Road crashes in Australia are the main source of child deaths.
Convertible and combination car seats for kids
Many convertible and hybrid car seats for children are affordable.
Convertible means the infant car seat can be used with an inbuilt belt as a rear-facing or forward-facing seat.
Combination means it can be used with an inbuilt harness as a forward-facing infant car seat or as a booster seat with a lap-sash seatbelt.
Often these ‘two-in-one’ infant car seats can be cost-savers, so they can be used by children of all ages.
You could look at hiring a licensed rear-facing car seat from the city council, ambulance service or private business if you do not wish to purchase an infant car seat for your newborn. Booking car seats long before the baby is born is a smart idea.
How many car seats for kids would you fit in a car?
The number of infant car seats that can be installed properly for your car depends on the following:
The make and model of your vehicle
The car seat type and brand you like
The car seat combination you need for your kids
In your vehicle, the number of anchorage points.
The easiest way to figure out how many car seats for kids can accommodate is to try to fit them in your car properly before you buy them.
Kid Auto Seats Second-hand
Be sure that you know its past if you want to buy a second-hand car seat for children. Verify it:
A search for a production date on the car seat is under 10 years old.
There are no holes, large marks of tension or mold,
There are straps in good shape, that is, not broken, stretched or damaged.
He wasn’t in the accident,
It has a buckle that firmly clicks the harness into place.
Meets the Standard AS/NZS 1754-check for the Standard on the label of the car seat
All the pieces, including the instruction manual, come with it.
If you are not aware of the safety background of a second-hand car seat for an infant, it is best not to consider or purchase it. Think of just getting a car seat from someone you meet and trust.
Car seats for children and fly by taxi, ride-share or bus
It’s best to take your child’s own car seat with you if you are using a taxi. In certain states, if you request it in advance, taxis will have a car seat for children.
The following laws apply in all of Australia’s states and territories, except New South Wales:
Taxis must have at least one anchorage point for child car seats, while child car seats do not have to be included.
If none is available, babies and children can ride in a taxi without a proper car seat for children.
Children under one year of age are allowed to ride in the back seat. They will ride on the lap of an adult passenger, without having to share a seatbelt.
If these seats are still filled by children under the age of seven, children aged one year to under seven years shall sit in the back row of taxi seats. If there is no suitable infant car seat, they must be restrained by seatbelts that are correctly fitted and fastened as best as possible.
Children under one year in New South Wales must have a child’s car seat in a taxi.
Rideshare services are protected by the rules that apply to private vehicles. It ensures that all children under the age of seven must be put in a car seat.
Kids under 16 years of age do not have to use baby car seats on buses, although they are advised to do so. Buses are vehicles which, including the driver, have more than 12 seats.
Kids of psychiatric problems, physical weakness or other requirements
Health practitioners will consult with you to find the right infant car seat or to change a car seat so that your child can have it if you have a child with a medical disorder or physical disability.
Only healthcare practitioners should change car seats for children, prescribe accessories for car seats or suggest specialized car seats.
The car seat would not comply with AS/NZS 1754 if you have an infant car seat changed to allow your child to use it. This means that an exception from this standard would be appropriate for you. A medical certificate will be given to you by your health provider to hold in your car.
Check with your health provider or the road safety authority in your state for more details.
Leaving kids in hot vehicles
Never leave your child, except for a moment, alone in the car. Please take your child with you if you have to quit your car for some reason.
Parked cars can very easily get hot. The temperature inside a car will climb to dangerous and even fatal levels very easily, even on cold or overcast days or when the car is parked in the shade.
Request for assistance or alert anyone instantly if your child is accidentally locked in a vehicle or you see some child left unattended in a car. Call 000 urgently if the infant appears hot or sad. For help, you can also call local roadside assistance.
Heatstroke and other information about kids in hot cars
Here’s what you need to know about hot-car kids:
The temperature inside a parking car can be as much as 40 ° C colder than it is outside on a hot day. The temperature will be higher than 20 ° C on a cold day. And within the first five minutes, much of this temperature shift occurs.
Overheated vehicles can cause life-threatening heatstroke, rapid dehydration, suffocation, and death in infants.
Heatstroke deaths can occur even though cars are parked in the shade.
The younger the infant, the higher the heatstroke sensitivity, and the sooner the child can dehydrate.
It has no effect on rising heat to wind the window down 5 cm or so.
Increasing heat has little effect on the hue of the seats and the interior.
Big automobiles heat up almost as easily as small cars.
It’s against the rules to leave your child unattended in a car in some Australian states and territories. Depending on the case, you may be charged with a criminal offence.
Tips on Car Transport for Warmer Weather
When you are driving in hot conditions, the following tips will help keep your child warm and safe:
On car rides, give your child plenty of water to drink.
Dress your child in clothes that are cool, comfortable and loose-fitting.
Before your child gets into the vehicle, check the temperature of the car seats, harnesses and seatbelts. Your child will be burnt by hot wax, plastic or leather. Cover them with a moist cloth if the surfaces are hot, and then get your child into the vehicle.
Do not loosen the belt of your child in season, whether he’s awake or asleep, it must match snugly. In a collision, a loose or twisted belt will place your child at risk of injury.
If your windows do not have tinting, use sunglasses on your car windows to safeguard your child from the sun. To shield a baby from the light, stop wearing a hat or bonnet over a capsule, since this limits air circulation.
Intend to stop at least every two hours on long drives, so everyone can get out of the car and stretch. Babies, who can roll around on a cushion on the carpet, are concerned.
If you can, schedule car trips for cooler times of day. Before you let your child get in, cool your car as soon as possible.
Preventing kids from locking themselves in cars
Kids are often accidentally shut up or left in vehicles. Here are strategies to stop locking or leaving your kid in the car unintentionally:
Don’t encourage your kid to play with your keys. Be sure you put your child’s keys out of control.
To discourage them from being stuck inside the vehicle, keep the keys with you at all times. Dream of a simple, lanyard-like way to hold your keys.
Newer vehicles also have features that are self-locking. In the event that the car automatically locks, wind windows down before getting kids in the seat.
Speak about not messing with the buttons inside the car with your kids.
When you’re not in the car, please leave the car locked so that your kid doesn’t get in on her own.
Still search the vehicle if you can’t see an infant, in case the child is hidden inside.
Seeking means of telling yourself that your child is with you in the car. You might put your child’s backpack or lunch box, for instance, on the front seat so you can see it. Or leave something close to your child in the back seat. Choose an object like your phone, wallet or purse that you’ll need at the end of the car ride.
When loading and unloading the vehicle, eliminate any disruptions.
Planning to do this when your kids are not with you or when you have another adult with you, whether you need to load your car with gas. You could ask someone else to fill your vehicle for you, too. At the pump or with an app, some petrol stations encourage you to pay.