You probably already know that the car seat laws in New Zealand are changing. But do you know how this affects you? Here’s the essence of it…
From November 1, all children need to be in an approved car restraint until their 7th birthday.
Feeling confused about what an approved car restraint is?
An approved child restraint is one that meets approved standards so parents and caregivers can be sure its design and construction is laboratory tested under crash conditions.
According to NZTA, approved child restraints include:
- Infant restraints for young babies (often called baby capsules)
- Restraints for older babies, toddlers and preschool children (often called car seats)
- Booster seats for preschool and school-aged children
- Child safety harness (used with or without a booster seat) for preschool and school-aged children
The car seat that is most suitable for your child will depend on their age and size, but you’ll probably also need to consider your car size and the other children that you cart around. It’s an important decision and can be confusing. The best thing to do is go and talk to a certified Car Restraint Technician – they will be able to advise on the best seat for your child.
For information about approved standards for child restraints and a list of certified Child Restraint Technicians can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/childrestraints. You can also find loads more information on the Safer Car Seats website.