Effective from 1 March 2010, children under 7 years of age must be restrained in a suitable
and approved child restraint or booster seat when travelling in a car under NSW regulation.

Correct child car seats for children’s age and size

All children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size.

A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.

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 0 – 6 Months

Children under 6 months must be restrained in an approved rearward-facing restraint. The restraint is held in place by the seatbelt and the top tether strap, and incorporates an inbuilt six point harness system. There are some convertible forward-facing restraints that can accommodate babies from birth in rearward-facing mode and can then be converted to forward-facing when the child is around 6 to 12 months of age. All restraints have weight or height ratings. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions prior to rotating your restraint.

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 6 Months – 4 Years

Children aged between 6 months and 4 years must be restrained in an approved rearward or forward-facing restraint. Once your child has outgrown their rearward-facing restraint (this usually happens from around 6 to 12 months of age) they can be moved into a forward-facing restraint. The forward-facing restraint is held in place by the seatbelt and the top tether strap and incorporates a six-point harness. There are some restraints that combine the features of forward-facing restraints for young children and booster seats for older children.

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 4 – 7 Years

Children aged between 4 years and 7 years must be restrained in an approved forward-facing restraint or booster seat. Booster seats are used with an adult lap-sash seatbelt and feature high backs and sides which provide protection for children in side impact crashes as well as providing support when a child is sleeping. Booster seats must never be used with a lap-only belt. A booster seat should be used until your child’s shoulders no longer comfortably fit within the booster seat or when their eye-level is higher than the back of the booster seat.

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