Child Restraints and Installation
Here at Suds Automotive we offer a one stop experience when it comes to carrying your precious cargo. We can take care of:
- Child restraint hardware fitting
- Anchor Point Modifications
- Child Seat Fitting and Installation
- Child Seat Safety Checks
- Child Seat Recommendations
What brand do we recommend?
Britax Safe-n-Sound Child Car Seat processes are the most stringent in Australia delivering the best quality product to keep your children safe-n-sound on the move.
Britax understands how to protect a child in a crash better than anyone else in Australia and use this knowledge to design Australia’s safest Child Car Seats. Every Britax Safe-n-Sound Child Car Seat combines the experience of over 50 years focusing on Child Seat Safety.
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QUEENSLAND ROAD RULES
When driving with children up to 7 years of age, you must ensure they are restrained in a properly fastened and adjusted Australian Standard (AS) approved child restraint. Driving includes when the vehicle is moving or stationary (for example, when stopped at traffic lights), but not when parked. Only child restraints that carry the AS sticker have been tested and approved as meeting standard AS/NZS 1754.
We recommend you use a child restraint that is less than 10 years old. The restraint will have a sticker showing approval and a date stamp for when the restraint was manufactured.
Don’t use a child restraint that has been in a crash. If you use a second hand child restraint, get a copy of the manufacturer’s instructions, so you understand how to use it safely.
Child restraints purchased overseas may only be used in Queensland if they comply with AS/NZS 1754.
Types of child restraints
The type of child restraint you install will depend mainly on the child’s age, but you may need to consider the child’s size as well.
Babies up to 6 months old
Babies up to 6 months of age must be in an approved rear-facing restraint that is properly fastened and adjusted. We recommend babies stay in a rear-facing restraint for as long as their size allows.
You can hire a rear-facing restraint from Kidsafe Queensland.
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Babies and children—6 months to 4 years
Babies and children from 6 months and up to 4 years must be in an approved child restraint that is properly adjusted and fastened. The child restraint may be rear-facing or forward-facing with a built-in harness. However, we recommend babies and children stay in a rear-facing restraint for as long as their size allows.
Children—4 to 7 years
Children aged 4 years and up to 7 years may be in an approved child restraint that is forward-facing with a built-in harness that is properly adjusted and fastened. They may also be in an approved booster seat secured with an adult lap-sash seatbelt or a fastened and adjusted H-Harness. However, research has indicated that the booster seat with a H-Harness option provides a lower level of safety in some types of crashes.
A booster cushion is a booster seat without the back and side wings. A child aged 4 years and up to 7 years may use an Australian standard approved booster cushion, secured with an adult lap-sash seatbelt or a fastened and adjusted H-Harness.
Booster cushions are legal to use providing they complied with the Australian standard AS/NZS 1754 at the time of manufacture. The booster cushion should have a sticker showing approval and a date stamp for when it was manufactured. We recommend child booster cushions be less than 10 years old.
Children 7 years and over
Children who are 7 years and over may sit in a standard seat with an adult seatbelt, or an approved booster seat/cushion secured with an adult lap-sash seatbelt or an H-Harness. Or, they may be in an approved child restraint that is forward-facing with a built-in harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.
Where children should sit:
Cars with more than 1 row of seats
- Babies and children up to 4 years old must not sit in the front seat
- Children aged 4 and up to 7 years can only sit in the front seat if all other seats are occupied by children under 7 years of age
- Children 7 years and over can sit in the front seat.
Cars with only 1 row of seats
- Children of any age can sit in the front seat as long as they are properly restrained.
- If a car has a passenger airbag, a rear-facing child restraint shouldn’t be used in the front seat if the restraint is positioned close to the airbag.