WHAT LAWS ARE APPLICABLE IN THE NT?
In February 2013, legislation was amended to implement changes to make the transportation of children safer. The requirements are:
NB: Children who exceed the maximum weight and size limitations of the restraints available may use the restraint for the next age group.
Approved child restraints are those certified as compliant with AS/NZS 1754 and must be correctly fitted and used accordingly.
what are australian standards?
Australian Standards set the minimum requirements for materials, design, construction, performance, testing and labelling of child restraints systems in Australia. All child restraints sold or imported to Australia must meet the strict requirements of AS/NZS 1754.
can my child sit in the front passenger seat?
Current legislation requirements state the following:
what is the best position to fit my child car restraint?
Kidsafe NT and industry road safety experts recommend that children travel in the rear centre position as the preferred option. This position offers the greatest protection, particularly in the event of side impacts.
A child restraint or safety harness may not be able to be placed in the centre rear seat position due to:
what do i do with the car restraint if i am involved in a car crash?
If a child car restraint has been involved in a severe crash where the main body structure of the car is damaged then the child restraint should be destroyed even if there is no obvious damage and the child wasn’t using the restraint at the time. Inform your car insurer of the type and number of child restraints used in your vehicle as many insurers will assist with the cost of replacing your child’s car restraint.
my child car restraint is ten years old, can i still use it?
Child car restraints more than ten years of age are not recommended for use because;
can i use second-hand restraints?
It is illegal to sell any restraint that does not comply with AS/NZS 1754. Before using a second-hand child car restraint check for an Australian Standards Sticker (AS/NZS1754), date of manufacture and the history of the restraint. We do not recommend the use of second hand car restraints if you do not know the history of the restraint (i.e. if it has been in an accident). If you are unsure whether to use a second-hand car restraint come and visit us at Kidsafe NT and our team of friendly staff can inspect it for you.
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