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Choosing the right child restraint

Forward facing baby restraints Forward facing restraints Booster seats

All children up to seven years of age must be in the right restraint for their age. Penalties apply.

The NRMA now offers free* child restraint installation for Premium Care and Premium Plus Members.

NSW child restraint laws

  • 0 - 6 months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.
  • 6 months - 4 years must be in a rearward or forward facing restraint.
  • 4 - 7 years much be in a forward facing restraint or booster seat.
  • The penalty for not having a child in the right restraint for their age is $298 and three demerit points

More information on NSW child restraint laws

Types of restraints

  • Rearward facing restraint
  • Forward facing restraint
  • Convertible restraint
  • Booster seat

More information on Child Road Safety

CREP - Child restraint safety rating

  • The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) gives parents an ease of use and safety rating on individual child restraints.
  • Child restrains are designed to match a child's age and size.
  • All child restraints sold in Australia must comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754
View the CREP child car seat buying guide

Using a restraint correctly

  • Check that any straps or belts are not twisted.
  • Listen for the click when buckling your child in.
  • The harness should be fitted firmly (two fingers should fit between your child and the harness.)

RMS fitting stations

Child Restraints FAQs

Don't know whether to hire or buy? Can't get your child to stay strapped in? Get the answers in our Child Restraints FAQs.

More information

Download the following PDFs

Child Restraint Buying Guide (PDF 1MB/2 pages)

Child Restraint guidelines (PDF 2.35MB/119 pages)

Consumer Guidelines (PDF 1.6MB/21 pages)

Restraint guidelines brochure (PDF 1.7MB/2 pages)

*Special accessories are not included. Terms and conditions apply.