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Australian standard car seats

Australian standard car seats comply with the Australian standard for child restraints, and are available from mainstream retailers throughout Australia

Types of Australian standard car seats

These car seats comply with the Australian standard for child restraints (AS/NZS 1754). The standard defines a child restraint (car seat) as:

A device used in conjunction with an adult seatbelt or ISOFIX compatible lower attachment connectors to restrain a child passenger of a motor vehicle in the event of vehicle impact and thus minimize the risk of bodily injury.

The standard categorises car seats by Types. The common terms that the types of restraints are advertised, sold and referenced in road laws include rearward facing child restraint, forward facing child restraint, booster seat, convertible/combination. The following gives you an introduction to the range and types.

Rearward facing car seat

Common features:

  • Built-in harness
  • Top tether strap
  • ISOFIX compatible (newer products only)
  • Shoulder height markers used to guide fitment (not weight)

Type A1: suitable to a large 6 month old

Type A2: suitable to a large 12 month old

Type A4: suitable to a large 30 month old

Forward facing car seat

Common features:

  • Built-in harness
  • Top tether strap
  • ISOFIX compatible (newer products only)
  • Shoulder height markers used to guide fitment (not weight)

Type B: suitable to a large 4 year old

Type G: suitable to a large 8 year old

Booster seat

Common features:

  • No built-in harness (uses vehicle seatbelt)
  • Not ISOFIX compatible
  • Top tether strap provided when the seat weighs 2kg or more
  • Shoulder height markers used to guide fitment (not weight)

Type E: suitable to a large 8 year old

Type F: suitable to a large 10 year old

Convertible/combination

There are Australian standard car seats available that can be used as more than one type, often advertised as a convertible or combination child restraint. For example:

  • rearward facing child restraint that converts to a forward facing child restraint
  • forward facing child restraint that converts to a booster seat (by removing the built-in harness)
  • rearward facing child restraint that converts to a forward facing child restraints, and then to a booster seat
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Best practice guidelines

There are best practice guidelines, developed by experts, that outline the safest ways for children to travel in motor vehicles. These guidelines have been developed for children who are able to be safely and comfortably seated in Australian standard car seats.

The guidelines refer to the Australian/New Zealand Standard 4370 Restraint of children with disabilities, or medical conditions, in motor vehicles for guidance on transporting children with disabilities and medical conditions. However, the information is useful in guiding a best practice approach for children who are able to be safely and comfortably seated in Australian standard car seats.

The general guidelines recommend that:

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The safest Australian standard car seats

The Child Car Seats website aims to provide consumers with independent and consistent information to help choose and use the safest child car seat. Each car seat is rated to indicate the comparative safety it provides under certain test conditions and how easily it can be used.

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