Use of Car Seats for Young Children

The recent changes to legislation around the use of car seats (child safety restraints) affects schools when transporting students, but it is also useful for parents, caregivers and whanau to know.

The summary of the laws round this is as follows:

Until their 7th birthday you must correctly secure your child in an approved child restraint (car seat).

From their 7th to their 8th birthday you must correctly secure your child in an approved child restraint if one is available in the vehicle and if not, in any child restraint or safety belt (seat belt) that is available.

From 8th birthday to 14 years old children must use safety belts if available. If not available, they must travel in the back seat.

All people over 14 years must use safety belts where they are available.

For more detailed information please visit the following page on the NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) site:

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/safety/vehicle-safety/safety-belts-and-restraints/using-child-restraints-safely/

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