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Is your child restraint fitted properly?

Here are a few tips to ensure your child is safe in their car seat

USE THE CORRECT RESTRAINT

A common mistake made by parents is to take children out of child restraints when they’re far too young, and long before they’re able to wear the adult seatbelt correctly.

If they’re too small to wear the seatbelt correctly then they need to remain in a child restraint.

In the Northern Territory, all children under seven must be secured in an approved child restraint or booster seat.

Infants need to be restrained in an approved rearward-facing infant restraint. Children between six months and four years must be seated in either an approved rearward or forward-facing restraint.

From age four to seven, they should sit in an approved forward-facing restraint or booster. Once they’re seven years old they need to be seated in a child safety seat or booster seat, or use a properly adjusted and fastened seatbelt.

AVOID SECOND-HAND RESTRAINTS

Don’t buy a second-hand restraint unless it’s from someone you trust in case it’s been involved in a crash. If you wouldn’t leave your children with this person, then don’t buy a seat from them.

STRAP ‘EM IN

When strapping your child in, make sure the straps aren’t twisted or worn, and the

seat is tightly in place.

KEEP LOOSE OBJECTS IN THE BOOT

Unsecured items in the cabin could hit a passenger and cause significant injury.

Put any loose objects in the boot or behind a cargo barrier.

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