Child Restraint Safety Standards

Safety standards are a set of officially approved specifications covering such topics as methods of testing, terminology, performance and construction requirements. A set, or sets of expected norms and acceptable outcomes. Standards can be enforced by regulation as well as legal or military recourse.

Improvements to safety standards come about through the development of new and better standards or codes of practice, of which change daily in some countries.

Engineers, designers and manufacturers have to make sure their products adhere to the relevant standards.

Traveling with children in the front seat

The back seat is the safest place for children under 12 years of age. Never place a rear facing seat in the front with an airbag, even if it is only for a trip up the road. The largest percentage of accidents happen only a few kilometers from home, placing your child rear facing in the front seat could cause serious injury or death in unlikely event of an accident.

Only put forward facing child in the front seat (under the age of 12 years) when the back seat has no spare seats. Move the passenger seat back as far as possible and restrain the child correctly according to your child's weight and height. If the back seat is available use it at all times.


| New Zealand Standard NZS 1754
| Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754
| ECE 44.03
| Land Transport Vehicle Equipment Rule 32017
| A comparison of what is tested under each standard
| Frequently asked questions