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 at least 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

Infa Secure Cosi Compact

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

RRP: $249.00     Member’s price: $199.00

Infra Secure Cosi Create resized

The Cosi Compact 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. Great choice when used with other restraints due to the smaller base. The Cosi Compact is only available in the black cover, but the insert comes in a variety of colours.

The seat is easy to fit with its large opening, no rebound bar and only one seatbelt path for both rearward and forward facing mode.

Safe-n-Sound Compaq 

Birth to approx. 30 months rearward facing, then forward facing until approx. 4 years.

RRP: $429.00     Member’s price: $385.00

Safe-n-Sound Compaq v2The Compaq features a narrow shell and is compact when rearward facing. It takes up less room than some other seats with headrest. Its small base makes it great for use next to other restraints. The easy harness adjusts from the front and provides smaller increments for better harness fit. The harness can be adjusted without removing the seat from the car. The Compaq also features the recline and upright positions and is airline compatible.

Safe-n-Sound Graphene

Birth to approx. 30 months rearward facing, then forward facing until approx. 4 years.

RRP: $579.00     Member’s price: $519.00

Safe-n-Sound Graphene v2The Graphene features a narrow shell and is compact when rearward facing. It takes up less room than some other seats with headrest. Its small base makes it great for use next to other restraints. The easy harness adjusts from the front and provides smaller increments for better harness fit. The harness can be adjusted without removing the seat from the car. The Graphene also features the recline and upright positions, seatbelt lock off for forward facing, and a generous size AHR headrest. It is ISOFIX and airline compatible.

InfaSecure Quattro

Birth to approx. 30 months rearward facing, then forward facing until approx. 4 years.

RRP: $599.00     Member’s price: $540.00

InfaSecure Quattro v2The Quattro has a narrow shell and a small base, which is particularly good when fitting multiple restraints in a car. This seat is compact when rearward facing. It takes up less room than some other seats with headrest.

The twist and lift harness adjustment allows for the adjustments to be done without removing the seat from the car. The smaller adjustments converts to better harness fit on the child. With one seatbelt path, this seat is easy to fit and features multiple recline positons.

Extended harnessed seats (known as Type G seats)

Note: These seats are forward facing only and, although rated from 6 months, children rarely meet the minimum marker at this age. It is reccomended to keep children rearward facing until at least 12 months of age.

InfaSecure Emerge

Approximately 6 months to 8 years with an internal harness.

RRP: $450.00    Member’s Price: $399.00

InfaSecure Emerge v2The InfaSecure seat is rated as suitable for children from about 6 months (we have found that it is more like 10-12 months) to about 8 years of age with a 6 point internal harness.

Easy harness adjust form front with twist and lift provides smaller increments for better harness fit. This seat features a gradual recline to align with the angle of the vehicle. The blow moulded shell with deep seating area caters for larger children’s long legs. The cover can be removed for cleaning without removing seat from car. It's a great option for those that have to transport a range of different sized children.

Safe-n-Sound Maxiguard 

Approximately 6 months to 8 years with an internal harness.

RRP: $429.00    Member’s Price: $386.00

Safe-n-Sound Maxiguard v2The Safe-n-Sound Maxiguard seat is rated as suitable for children from about 6 months (we have found that it is more like 10-12 months) to about 8 years of age with a 6 point internal harness.

The AHR headrest provides additional energy absorption for the child’s head in the event of a crash. The seat is easy to fit and adjust, with the harnesses and headrest adjusted from the front without having to uninstall the seat from the vehicle.

This seat is recommended by RAA for parents/carers that need to transport more than one child at different times in the same seat or for the oldest child when a second child comes along and needs their original seat. It will see children through to an adult seatbelt in most cars, removing the need for a booster seat.

Safe-n-Sound Maxiguard Pro

Approximately 6 months to 8 years with an internal harness.

RRP: $549.00   Member’s Price: $490.00

Safe-n-Sound Maxiguard Pro

The Safe-n-Sound Maxiguard Pro seat is rated as suitable for children from about 6 months (we have found that it is more like 10-12 months) to about 8 years of age with a 6 point with a 6 point internal harness.

The AHR headrest provides additional energy absorption for the child’s head in the event of a crash. The seat is easy to fit and adjust with the harnesses and headrest adjusted from the front without having to uninstall the seat from the vehicle.

This seat is recommended by RAA for parents/carers that need to transport more than one child at different times in the same seat or for the oldest child when a second child comes along and needs their original seat. It will see children through to an adult seatbelt in most cars, removing the need for a booster seat.

The Safe-n-Sound Maxiguard Pro features pivoting arm rests and rotating cup holders.

Purchasing and fitting a restraint 

A select range of recommended child restraints can be purchased from the RAA Safety Centre at 101 Richmond Road, Mile End.

If you're unable to get to the Safety Centre, we offer over the phone child restraint sales on 08 8202 4592, and can post your purchase to any address in South Australia and Broken Hill.  

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

Child safety fact sheets

Click here for useful information on transporting children in cars. 

RAA Child Safety Centre