Rearward Facing Car Seat

Tips for using rearward facing restraints

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Tips for child restraints

It is safest for children to continue to use their child restraint until they are too big for the restraint. Most child restraints have shoulder height markers to indicate whether the restraint is too big or too small for the child.

Choosing the safest seat is the first step to ensuring your child's safety. You can check the safety ratings of child seats on the Child Car Seats website.

Any child under 145cm tall is safest traveling in a booster seat or a child restraint – find out more about the TAC and RACV’s Boostertag initiative:

 
When fitting a child restraint, follow the manufacturer's instructions or, better still, have it fitted at a child restraint fitting station so you are sure it is installed correctly. Safe Seats, Safe Kids offer a free child restraint checking service at locations across Victoria.

Moving to an adult seatbelt

Prior to moving to an adult seatbelt you should conduct the 5 step check:

  • Can the child can sit with their back against the seat back
  • With their knees bent comfortably over the front edge of the seat cushion
  • With the shoulder belt across the mid-shoulder
  • The lap belt low across the top of the thighs, and
  • Can they stay in this position for the duration of a trip

Find out more information on child restraints

Transport Accident Commission

Safe Seats, Safe Kids child restraint checking stations

VicRoads Child Restraint information

RACV child restraints