- The back seat is the safest place for children of any age.
- Choosing a child restraint is a serious business. Select a model that suits the child's weight, height and age.
- Not all restraints fit all cars, so try before you buy.
- Fit restraints properly. It's critically important to follow instructions and make sure the capsule or seat is firmly fitted, with minimal sideways or forward movement.
- Where possible, install the restraint in the centre rear position.
- Follow instructions in the vehicle owner's handbook.
- Every trip, make sure that the restraint harness is properly adjusted, checking that only the thickness of two fingers, at most, can be inserted between the harness and the child's chest.
- Don't use a restraint that's been subject to crash forces. The protective structure could be invisibly damaged. If you're not sure, have it inspected by an expert.
- Child restraints have an effective 'use by date' (UV light degrades plastic components) and should be discarded and disabled after approximately 6-8 years of use.
- If anyone else is driving your child around, make sure they know how to fit and use the restraint correctly.
- Do not place a child in a restraint in the front seat when a passenger airbag is fitted.
- A baby is not safe in your arms. Even in a minor crash, collision forces may tear the child from your grip.
- It is never safe to leave a child alone in a closed vehicle, even for a short period, particularly on a moderately warm or hot day.