Na­tional child re­straint laws - do you com­ply?

Monthly Chronicle - - Your Family -

• 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.

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