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New rules for child restraint in cars

By johnboy 15 March 2011 22

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced the start of new laws on keeping the kids buckled up:

The laws require children to be seated in an Australian Safety Standard approved child restraint or booster seat, according to their age and size. They mandate that:

— babies up to six months must be secured in a rear facing capsule or restraint;
— children between six months and under four years must travel in a rear facing or forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness; and
— children between four years and under seven years must use a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness or a booster seat.

The laws also prohibit children under four years from sitting in the front seat of a car where rear seating is available. Children aged between four years and under seven years must not travel in the front seat unless all other seats in the car are being used by children under seven years.

There’s also an FAQ on the laws.

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JC 8:12 pm 16 Mar 11

ainira said :

aronde said :

As I said common sense is all that is needed. Don’t need it so complex that you need a set of scales to work out what should, be to most a very simple equation. No wonder the world is so screwed up.

I think the point is that because you will have kids who will need to be exempt (under 7 and too large for seat) and kids who should keep using the seat (over 7 and too small for adult seat), the height and size of the child is a better way to determine whether they should/should not use a child seat, rather than some arbitrary age limit.

And common sense is far better than some arbitrary height/size limit, but unfortunately not many have common sense so someone has chosen age to use in the law.

ainira 4:26 pm 16 Mar 11

aronde said :

As I said common sense is all that is needed. Don’t need it so complex that you need a set of scales to work out what should, be to most a very simple equation. No wonder the world is so screwed up.

I think the point is that because you will have kids who will need to be exempt (under 7 and too large for seat) and kids who should keep using the seat (over 7 and too small for adult seat), the height and size of the child is a better way to determine whether they should/should not use a child seat, rather than some arbitrary age limit.

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