Buying a suitable car seat is one of the most important purchases when it comes to your child/children, yet it can be one of the hardest.
Whether you are travelling long distances or just popping down to the corner store, it is important to ensure your child or the child or children you are caring for are secured in the correct child restraint for their age and size.
Statistics from the Department of Transport and Main Roads show that in the period of 2000 to 2009, 34 unrestrained children aged 0 to 16 years died in car crashes in Queensland (data only refers to cases where non-use of a restraint prior to the crash can be positively identified). Eight of these children were aged between 0 -4 years, nine were aged 5 - 11 years and seventeen were aged 12 - 16 years.
Ensuring that children are restrained correctly will help Queenslanders to avoid adding to these statistics.
Please note: From 1st June 2012, unfortunately RACQ is no longer able to offer complimentary child restraint fittings when you purchase a child restraint from RACQ.
RACQ will still offer the complimentary child restraint fitting for any purchase of a child restraint that occured prior to the 1st June 2012, so long as the complimentary fitting is booked within 3 months of the purchase date. Please contact RACQ on 1800 816 523 to make a booking.
On the 11th March 2010, the Queensland Government announced the introduction of new Child Restraint laws. As part of the new regulations, children up to seven years of age must be seated in a child restraint when travelling in a vehicle.
A large variety of child restraints are available for sale in the Australian market. For this reason, it is vital to understand the importance of having a restraint that is suited to your child's age and size.
How to use a child safety harness, used in conjunction with a booster seat or with a normal adult seat after a child has outgrown their booster seat.
Important points to remember when purchasing a child restraint and how to maintain your child restraint.
Responses to common questions regarding child restraints and RACQ.
Need assistance in selecting a restraint for your child or just have a general enquiry?