Recommended Child Restraints

6 Months to 4 Years

Rearward/Forward Facing Child Restraints

Children between the age of 6 months and 4 years must use EITHER an approved rearward facing child restraint OR an approved forward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness.

Children under 4 years of age must only travel in the rear row of a motor vehicle. If your vehicle does not have a rear row, this does not apply. Note: When using in a single row vehicle, such as a utility or van, a rearward facing child restraint cannot be used in the front seat where there is a passenger airbag.

RAA recommends using a Baby Safety Capsule for the first 6 months and then moving the child into a convertible child safety seat that will accommodate the child rearward until approximately 12 months of age. When using a convertible child safety seat, use the seat rearward facing until the child reaches the maximum weight for this mode (older seats) or meets the shoulder height marker for the forward facing mode. Just because a child has turned 6 months of age does not mean the child is ready to travel forward facing. A child safety seat should be used until the child outgrows the seat. A child has outgrown the seat when they have reached the maximum weight/height for the restraint or the maximum shoulder height marker. This normally occurs around 4 years of age.

Rearward Facing Installation

Forward Facing Installation

 

Recommended Convertible Child Safety Seats

Safe-n-Sound Safeguard

Birth to approx.12 months rearward facing, then forward facing until approx. 4 years

Safe-n-Sound Safeguard

The Safe-n-Sound Safeguard seat is a compact seat that is great for smaller vehicles and still has the height required to see a child through to 4 years of age which is an improvement on recent models of compact seats.

The Safeguard is an excellent choice when trying to fit three restraints across the back seat. Its narrow shell and narrow base provides excellent seatbelt access particularly when used next to a booster seat.

The high side wings of the Safeguard model provide excellent side impact protection.

Safe-n-Sound Lifestyle

Birth to approx.12 months rearward facing, then forward facing until approx. 4 years

Safe-n-Sound Lifestyle

The Safe-n-Sound Lifestyle seat is a compact seat that is great for smaller vehicles and still has the height required to see a child through to 4 years of age which is an improvement on recent models of compact seats. The seat features seatbelt lock off clips for the sash part of the seatbelt that help to keep the seat firm when fitted in the forward facing position.

The high side wings of the Lifestyle provide excellent side impact protection. This model has excellent padding for newborn babies.

Safe-n-Sound Compaq

Birth to 12 months rearward facing, then forward facing until approx. 4 years

Safe-n-Sound Compaq

The Safe-n-Sound Compaq seat is a compact seat that is great for smaller vehicles, and still has the height required to see a child through to 4 years of age which is an improvement on recent models of compact seats. The seat features seatbelt lock off clips for the sash part of the seatbelt that help to keep the seat firm when fitted in the forward facing position.

The high side wings of the Compaq provide excellent side impact protection.

The Compaq features the easy harness system where the harnesses are automatically adjusted with the adjustment of the headrest, making it very user friendly. This model has excellent padding for newborn babies.

Safe-n-Sound Meridian – AHR Tilt and Adjust

Birth to 12 months rearward facing, then forward facing until approx. 4 years

AHR Tilt and Adjust

The Meridian Tilt and Adjust has tested well in independent crash testing. The large wings of the Active Head Restraint (AHR) provide excellent side impact protection.

The Meridian Tilt and Adjust has many improvements from the initial Meridian model, making it easier to use. All adjustments for the headrest and harness are made from the front of the seat, eliminating the need for the seat to be removed from the car for each adjustment
The seat features seatbelt lock off clips for the sash part of the seatbelt that help to keep the seat firm when fitted in the forward facing position.

Safe-n-Sound Platinum – AHR Air Cushion

Birth to 12 months rearward facing, then forward facing until approx. 4 years

AHR Air Cushion

The Platinum Air Cushion has large wings that provide excellent side impact protection.

The air cushions on the sides of the seat maximise head protection by dramatically reducing side impact forces. As the cushion compresses it dispels air at a controlled rate, and this results in the cushion absorbing crash energy. Head accelerations experienced by a child in the Platinum AHR (Active Head Rest) Air Cushion are lower and dispersed over a longer period of time.

The Platinum Air Cushion has many improvements from the initial Platinum model, making it easier to use. All adjustments for the headrest and harness are made from the front of the seat, eliminating the need for the seat to be removed from the car for each adjustment.

The seat features seatbelt lock off clips for the sash part of the seatbelt that help to keep the seat firm when fitted in the forward facing position.

More Information

All recommended restraints can be purchased at any RAA Shop or online.

RAA’s fitting service is available by appointment by calling the RAA Safety Centre on 08 8202 4592 or via email.

RAA Child Safety Centre