By Elvira Lazar, Manager Safety and Education
Parents often ask me about the best or safest car seats on the market. With a continuous stream of new seats being sold, it’s useful to be able to distinguish which seats provide good protection. The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) test results are a useful guide in helping make the decision about which seat to buy.
RACV is a partner in the independent testing program, which shows how well car seats and boosters protect children in a crash and how easy they are to use.
All seats tested by CREP comply with Australian Standards and provide good protection. The CREP independent testing is tougher than Australian Standard requirements, to give parents an idea of a car seat’s safety performance beyond the protection required by the standard, and beyond what they may hear from a salesperson.
All seats tested by CREP comply with Australian Standards and provide good protection. The CREP independent testing is tougher than Australian Standard.
As child car seats supplied in Australia have improved, CREP updated and introduced a revised scoring procedure in 2018. This means that child car seats assessed prior to 2018 should not be compared to those tested under this new test procedure.
The results once again demonstrate that not all car seats are created equal. We compared car seats tested under the revised 2018 scoring test method, here are the top results for each category.