Child Car Restraints
Choose the right restraint
The minimum age requirements for child car restraints are:
Birth - 6 months
• Rearward facing restraint - capsule or rearward facing convertible restraint
6 months - 4 years
• Rearward facing restraint, or
• Forward facing restraint with a five-point internal harness - forward facing convertible restraint with a five point internal harness, or a combination restraint used with a five point internal harness.
4 - 7 years
• Forward facing restraint with a five-point internal harness, or
• Booster seat with a lap sash seat belt or h-harness, or
• Combination restraint used in a booster seat mode.
The Australian Standard for Child Car Restraints AS/NZS 1754:2010 and 2013.
For the safety of your child, use restraints that are:
• appropriate for your child's size and height
• not old, worn restraints over 10 years old (or that have previously been in a crash)
• correctly installed in cars.
Correctly fit your child car restraint
The public can access a list of Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters around the state through their local WALGA RoadWise Committee.
The Department of Transport has a list of Type 2 Child Restraint Fitting Stations where anchor points can be safely installed and approved in vehicles.
In Western Australia, parents and carers of any child who requires a child car restraint must comply with AS/NZS 1754.
Those who cannot comply with AS/NZS 1754 must apply to the Department of Transport for approval to use AS/NZS 4370, which is the standard of restraints for children with a disability.
Inquiries about child restraint exemptions for children with a disability should be directed to:
Vehicle Safety and Standards
Department of Transport
34 Gillam Drive, Kelmscott WA 6111
Tel: (08) 9216 8579
Tel: 131 156