Child car seats

Child Car Seat Checking & Fitting Program  

Has now closed.

The program has closed for end of financial year reconciliation and reporting.  Further funding is being sought to run the program again in  2022-2023. If the funding application is successful, it is hoped that the program will recommence in September 2022.

Vouchers are only available for residents of the Randwick City Council area. If you do not live in the Randwick City Council area, please check with your local council to find out if they offer a similar program. Vouchers will not be processed for workplace addresses or post box address. The mobile fitter will not attend addresses outside Randwick City Council area.

Other information on child restraints

If you would like some information on the best child restraint or booster seat to buy, visit the Child car seats website.

Child Car Seats is an initiative of the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP), a consortium of government agencies and motorist organisations who share a common interest in improving safety for children travelling in vehicles. CREP aims to provide consumers with information to help choose and use safe child car seats and to apply commercial and public consumer pressure on car seat manufacturers to only market seats that perform well beyond the requirements of the Australian Standard. CREP also provides feedback to the Australian Standard Committee on child car seats, to help improve the Standard.

CREP provides consumers with independent and consistent information on the levels of child protection from injury in a crash provided by child car seats and the ease with which they can be used correctly.

The Centre for Road Safety website has information about authorised restraint checkers and fitters.

National child restraint laws

The new national child restraint laws state:

  • Children younger than six months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.
  • Children aged six months to under four years must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint.
  • Children aged four years to under seven years must be secured in forward facing child restraint or booster seat.
  • Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
  • Children aged four years to under seven years 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 a child restraint or booster seat.
  • Children aged between seven years old and 16 years old must use a booster seat if they are too small to be restrained by a seat belt properly adjusted and fastened.

For more information on road safety visit Transport NSW website

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