Guest kelv&haley

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    Guest kelv&haley

    hi everyone, just wondering what the laws are on children travelling in the front seat of the car in adelaide??? obviously in the correct car seat,without an airbag.........the reason i ask is hubby will need a truck for work and i am hopeful of having a run around for me and the kids,however are budget is tight and a 7 seater is out of the question initially so im thinking of a corsa/fiesta sized car which would mean two in the back, 1 in the front, is this allowed???thanks for your help, haley

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    Hi Haley

    Just found this....


    What will the new laws mean?


    The new laws will require children to be appropriately restrained in a motor vehicle in a suitable approved child restraint from birth up to the age of seven.

    Specifically, the new laws will require children:

    • up to the age of six months to be restrained in a rearward facing child restraint (e.g. infant capsule)
    • from six months until the age of four to be restrained in either a rearward or forward facing child restraint (e.g. child safety seat)
    • from four years until the age of seven to be restrained in either a forward facing child restraint or booster seat restrained by a correctly adjusted and fastened seatbelt or child safety harness.

    The new laws also deal with the issue of children sitting in the front seat of a vehicle.

    • Children up to four years of age must be restrained in the rear of the vehicle (where the vehicle has two or more rows of seats)
    • Children aged between four and seven years will not be permitted to sit in the front seat unless all other seating positions are already occupied by children under seven.

    By specifying the type of restraint to be used at different ages and where children must be seated in a vehicle, the new laws will reduce the risk of injury caused by the use of unsuitable restraints for a child’s size.

    It will also provide parents and carers with the advice and clarification they need about what type of restraint provides the best safety benefit for their children.

    Nothing else offers the same level of crash protection for babies and young children as a properly fitted child restraint – it is one investment that parents and carers alike can’t afford not to make.


    Hope that helps


    Jo :)

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    Thanks for the info but I have one question which I hope you can help me with. Obviously in England, the car seats have to be used for a lot longer than 7 years of age. What is the ruling over there. My 6 year old (7 in June) is tiny and still passed for a five year where most of his mates pass as 7 / 8. Do they do car seats for older?



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    Guest Trakki

    yes they do and they also do a harness thing, not sure how this works but basically I think turns a diagonal belt into a 5 point. You will have no problem finding something.

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