What is a Car seat

A car seat or child restraint is a plastic or polystyrene seat, containing metal and fabric parts that is made specifically use in a motor vehicle. There are many types of car seats on the market and each serves a different purpose based on your children's height and weight and age

Car seats are also known as

  • Child Restraint
  • Capsule
  • Convertible
  • Combined booster
  • Booster seat
  • Full Booster
  • Half booster

A car seat is required by law for all children under 5 years of age and 7 years where one is available. Children over the age of 8 are required to use an adult seat belt*, and where one is not available, must sit in the rear seat of the car. It is important to remember that your child is 5 years old until the day they turn 6.

*Children who are under 148cm tall when standing should continue to use a booster seat where they are within the specified weight limit of the booster seat, Safe Kids (2010). This can be either a full booster with sides, or a half booster (bottom portion only).

Use the links below to find out more:

| Car seat basics
| Find out more on our child restraint law
| Readiness for using an adult seat belt