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Child Car Restraints

Safely fitted and good quality child car restraints are important are extremely important  for the safety of young children travelling in cars.  

Child Car RestraintsFree child restraint checks

Leichhardt Council in cooperation with the RMS provides regular FREE child restraint checks by RMS Authorised Restraint Fitters to ensure that our youngest residents are correctly secured in car restraints.   The next free Child Restraint Safety Check Session will be held on:  

  • Tuesday 27 September 2016 - 10am to 1pm MarketPlace Leichhardt
  • Tuesday 1 November 2016 - 10am to 1pm MarketPlace Leichhardt
  • Tuesday 6 December 2016 - 10am to 1pm Leichhardt Family Day Care Session
  • Tuesday 14 February 2017 - 10am to 1pm MarketPlace Leichhardt

  • Tuesday 4 April 2016 - 10am to 1pm MarketPlace Leichhardt

Bookings are essential.   Please contact Council's Road Safety and Sustainable Transport Officer on 9367 9000 or email

Child Car RestraintsIf you do not live in the Leichhardt Council area, find your nearest RMS approved restraint fitting station at the RMS website

Important points about restraints

Children are more likely to be severely injured if they are not using an appropriate child restraint, or if the restraint is not properly fitted. It is important that you:

  • Consider your child's weight and size more than your child's age when fitting restraints
  • Use a suitable child restraint for as long as they fit your child. 
  • Ensure children's seatbelts are fastened before you start the car.
  • Have restraints fitted and checked by an authorised child restraint fitter.
  • Have your children travel in the back seat of the car - it is much safer than in the front seat.
  • Do not use a restraint if it is more than 10 years old, is damaged or has been in a crash, even if it appears to be in good condition. 

Child Car RestraintsChoosing the right child restraint

A child that is properly secured in an approved child restraint is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.
Child restraints can be purchased from retail outlets or hired from some maternity hospitals, community groups and from privately run rental companies.
Child restraints available in Australia must meet the Australian /New Zealand Standard 1754:2004 Child restraints for use in motor vehicles. The standard is one of the toughest child restraint standards in the world and child restraints manufactured to this Standard offer good protection in a crash.
A significant number of the restraints have been tested and assessed under the Child Restrain Evaluation Programme.

  • Using a restraint correctly greatly increases a child's safety during a crash.
  • Placing a child in a restraint that is designed for a larger/older child increases the risk of serious injury in a crash.
  • In NSW, it is illegal to use a child restraint in the front passenger seat of a vehicle if a passenger airbag is fitted.
  • Ensure the restraint is installed correctly. See a restraint fitter if in any doubt.Child Car Restraints
  • Always use the top tether strap where required.
  • Teach your child to always keep both arms within the harness system of the child seat or the seat belt of the booster seat.
  • When using a seat belt with a booster, ensure the seat belt is correctly fitted over the child’s shoulder.
  • Move your child into a forward-facing restraint only when they no longer fit into a rearward-facing restraint.
  • Move your child into a booster seat only when they no longer fit into a forward-facing restraint.
  • Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Installation of child restraints

Follow all the manufacturer's instructions carefully if you are fitting the restraint   If the instructions have been lost, contact the manufacturer or seek advice from an RMS Authorised Fitting Station. Call 13 22 13 to find your nearest Authorised Fitting Station at the RMS website.