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1 in 3 parents are confused about the child restraint laws, according to a recent
survey conducted by FamilyCar.com.au. Here’s the lowdown.

According to an Australian Transport Council report, 500 children up to the age of 10 are killed or seriously injured every year in car accidents, with 2,300 sustaining minor injuries.

That’s why car safety is so important yet parents are confused about the laws. Founder of FamilyCar.com.au, Melissa Pye said, “Parents
are clearly concerned about the safety of their children while driving them to school, day care and after school activities and are desperate for some clarity in this area”.

Last year, The Australian Transport Council approved new laws based on a sizeappropriate restraint system for all children in Australia up to the age of 7. To make matters even more confusing for parents, each state will introduce the changes at different times. Victoria was the first to implement the new laws in November last year with NSW changes coming into effect on 1st March. The remaining states and territories changes will come into effect at different times throughout the year.

So just what is the law?

NSW Laws Effective 1 March 2010

* All children up to seven years of age must be secured in a child restraint.
* Children younger than six months must be restrained in a rearward facing restraint.
* Children between six months and four years must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint.
* Children between four and seven years must be secured in a forward facing child restraint or booster seat.
* Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
* Children between four and less than seven years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in a child restraint or booster seat.

To give parents time to prepare for the change there will be an amnesty on enforcement of the new regulations for the first four months.

For more info visit www.FamilyCar.com.au – the first online resource for parents to research car buying, child safety in cars and travel tips for families.

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