Further Information and Resources

Video Resources

5 step seatbelt test

Shoulder height markers

Tips to prevent children escaping a child car seat harness

Tips on securely installing a child car seat with a gated buckle

Tips for using rearward facing restraints

Tips for using booster seats

Tips for using forward facing restraints

How to fit an ISOFIX car seat

Second-hand child restraints

Children and airbags

The risk of injury from an airbag is low for correctly restrained children in the back seat. Their risk of injury increases in the front seat and if they are leaning forward.  The risk to children also increases in the back seat if they are not sitting correctly or if resting part of their body where there is an airbag.

It’s important to remember that the benefits of airbags far outweigh the risks.  

To keep safe and minimise these risks:

  • choose the right restraint for your child’s age and height 
  • use your restraint correctly
  • children should travel in the back seat until they are 12 years or older.

If a child must travel in a car with an airbag and only one row of seats, you should move the seat back as far as possible and discourage your child from leaning forward.

NEVER install a rearward facing restraint where there is an active front passenger airbag due to the high risk of injury. 

Pregnancy and driving

Wearing a seatbelt while pregnant

It is important that you always wear a seatbelt throughout your pregnancy. It is illegal not to wear a seatbelt unless a medical practitioner exempts you from wearing one due to medical reasons.

Wearing a seatbelt protects yourself and your unborn baby in the event of a crash. If a seatbelt is worn properly there is very little pressure on your stomach. 

Correctly and comfortably wear a seatbelt by:

  • placing the lap part of the belt under your baby and low over your upper things
  • adjusting the angle of the seatbelt using the seatbelt locator
  • placing the sash part of the belt in between your breasts.

Driving after caesarean

You shouldn't drive until your caesarean wound has healed (usually around 6 weeks). Talk with your doctor about when it would be a safe time to start driving again.

Child restraint disposal

Restraints older than ten years cannot be guaranteed to perform as they were origianlly designed. If you thing the restraint is no longer safe it should be destroyed. Destroy the restrain if it:

  • is older than ten years
  • has been in a crash or shows signs of wear, tear or structural damage
  • does not have the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754 sticker on the restraint.

If you put the restraint out for hard rubbish collection, cut the straps so that no one else can use it.