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CORRECTLY using child car seats, booster seats and seatbelts every time SAVES LIVES

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 2:00 AM

The outcome of this crash could have been very different had the occupants not been restrained correctly; an occurrence which is sadly seen on our roads on a regular basis.

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Legal does not always equal safe

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Legal does not always equal safe.

Just because your child is considered old enough by law to travel without a booster seat, does not mean they will be safe to travel without a booster seat. Children grow at different rates. Reaching a certain age will not guarantee their safety in a crash. An adult seatbelt can cause serious inj...

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The importance of keeping children under 12 in the back seat of the car

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM

The importance of keeping children under 12 in the back seat of the car.


The front seat of a car is designed for adults, not children. The seatbelts are designed to protect people over 145cm tall. The front airbags are designed to protect an average adult male of 75kg and 180cm tall. In order to protect the biggest males, an airbag is deployed at...

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The Importance of correct strap placement

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

The Importance of correct strap placement.

The in-built harness straps on your child’s car seat are your child’s safety net in a car crash. If the straps are not positioned correctly over the child’s shoulders, straight and snug, they CANNOT do their job of keeping your child safe in a crash. You wouldn...

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The Importance of Booster Seats

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM

The Importance of booster seats.


Vehicle seats and seatbelts are designed for adult sized bodies over 145cm tall. The seatbelt is designed to sit on the strong bones of the shoulder and hips. When a child uses the vehicle seat and seatbelt alone, their legs are too short to bend at the edge of the seat, causing the child discomfort. They s...

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Kidsafe National Child Restraint Guidelines

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 1:10 AM

2013 Revised Australian Standard for Child Restraints in Motor Vehicles

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

On 7 June 2013, the Revised Australian Standard  for Child Restraint Systems for use in Motor Vehicles (AS/NZS 1754:2013) was announced by Standards Australia. 

AS/NZS 1754:2013

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Isofix Approved For Use In Australia

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM

On 7 June 2013, Standards Australia confirmed that the latest revision of the joint Australian and New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS 1754:2013, will allow the use of child restraints featuring ISOFIX-compatible lower attachment connectors, which attach to ISOFIX low anchorages in the vehicle as an alternative to using the vehicle...

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