|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 seatbelt.
Only ISOFIX-compatible child restraints which meet the Australian Standard will be approved for use within Australia.
The system features vehicle ISOFIX low anchorages and either rigid or flexible lower attachment connectors on the child restraints. This system for securing the child restraint to the vehicle will continue to require the use of an upper tether strap which has been required for Australian child restraints since the Standard was first established in 1975.
Not all vehicles have ISOFIX low anchorages. Therefore, Australian ISOFIX-compatible child restraints will also be capable of being installed using the vehicle seatbelt.
Australian ISOFIX-compatible child restraints will only be available for rearward-facing and forward-facing seats (Types A, B & D) with an in-built harness suitable for children up to 4 years of age. Convertible booster seats and booster seats (Types E, F & G) for older, heavier children will not be ISOFIX-compatible, due to possible insufficient strength of the ISOFIX low anchorages.
** Please note that the 2013 Child Restraint Standard was mandated by the ACCC on 19 September 2014, allowing new categories of seats to be sold in Australia.**
For more information on ISOFIX-compatible child restraints in Australia, please click the links below: