23 SEPTEMBER, 2014
RACV, together with VicRoads, TAC,
Kidsafe Victoria, Early Learning Association Australia and The Royal
Children's Hospital Safety Centre have welcomed the Federal Government's
update to the current mandatory Australian Standard for child
The regulatory change provides an option for restraint
manufacturers to produce ISOFIX compatible child restraints. ISOFIX is
an alternative method for attaching a child restraint to a vehicle,
independent of the vehicle seatbelt.
ISOFIX compatible child
restraints in accordance with AS/NZS 1754:2013 will now be another
option for how child restraints can be fitted to a vehicle and are NOT
being provided because of any concerns with the safety of the current
range of child restraints.
There is strong evidence that
Australian child restraints that use the vehicle seatbelt and top tether
strap provide excellent protection to children, even in very high
Child restraints that use the vehicle seatbelt
and top tether strap will continue to be available. Under the regulation
child restraints that comply with the 2013, 2010 and 2004 versions of
AS/NZS 1754 can be legally supplied.
It is illegal to supply child restraints complying with the 2000 or earlier versions of the standard.
Manager Road User Behaviour, Melinda Spiteri, is reminding parents
that it is critical that child restraints are used correctly, regardless
of whether it is an ISOFIX compatible child restraint or not.
ISOFIX compatible child restraints are now another option to choose
from. There is still potential for incorrect use of ISOFIX compatible
child restraints, so it is important to take care when fitting and using
child restraints, no matter the type. This could be when installing the
restraint or when buckling children into their car seat.
recommended that you have your child restraint professionally fitted.
RACV offers a child restraint fitting service throughout Victoria," Ms
Vicroads Director Vehicle and Road User Policy,
James Holgate said "ISOFIX compatible child restraints are expected to
be available for purchase in the Australian market soon."
shows that child car seats are effective in protecting children in a
crash or heavy braking, and their effectiveness is compromised if not
"However, it is important to remember that it is still illegal to use overseas child restraints in Australia. "
Road Safety Manager Elizabeth Waller said "the Child Restraint
Evaluation Program (CREP) independently crash tests child restraints and
provides a star rating for crash protection and ease of use to help
parents choose the safest child restraint."
"As ISOFIX compatible child restraints become available on the market, they will be included in the testing."
Visit www.childcarseats.com.au to find out more about CREP.
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