Parents should choose the restraint that provides the highest level of protection and make sure it is fitted correctly by an approved fitter.
I see so many incorrect child restraints (where the child is too young and/or too small for the restraint) fitted or a restraint being fitted incorrectly putting the child in grave danger….remember – not all child restraints are created equal…
Follow these guidelines to ensure that you are choosing the safest restraint for your child.
- Child restraints are designed to match a child’s height and weight. When you buy a restraint you need to consider:
- The size and weight of your child
- If the restraint will fit in your vehicle.
- Avoid buying second hand restraints if possible.
- Keep your child in the most appropriate restraint suitable for their size and age and only move them to the next level of restraint when he or she no longer physically fits.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing a restraint and placing your child in it. Incorrectly using a restraint or using a restraint that is not suitable for your child’s size puts your child at a higher risk of serious injury or death.
- Only use a restraint when you know its history or if it has been obtained from a reliable source. Do not use it if it has been involved in a prang, has worn webbing (straps), bent, rusted or worn buckles, or the attachment points in the plastic shell are cracked or discolored – from age or over exposure to the sun.