Children in cars

Using a correctly fitted and sized child restraint (child car seat) will reduce your child’s risk of injury or death in a crash.

Woman checking child is secure in a safe car seat
Checks your child's car seat regularly

It’s the law

As a driver, it’s your responsibility to make sure any child travelling in your vehicle is correctly secured. Here are a few things you need to know:

  • children under the age of seven must be in an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size
  • children must be restrained at all times when travelling in a vehicle, even when travelling a short distance
  • if your baby capsule or car seat has a tether strap then you are required by law to use it.

Safety checks

Over time, child restraints can become faulty and you need to regularly check them to make sure they are safe. Where your child sits is also important.

  • The back seat is the safest place for your child.
  • Baby capsules should always be rear-facing and should not be placed in the front seat if the vehicle has passenger-side airbags.