Approved child restraints include:
All approved child restraints display standard markings to show they are approved.
Children aged under seven must be secured in an approved child restraint when travelling in cars or vans.
International best practice recommends the use of an appropriate child restraint (or booster seat) until your child reaches 148 centimetres tall or is 11 years old.
You as the driver are responsible for ensuring that any child travelling in your vehicle is correctly using an appropriate child restraint. Find out what the legal requirements are.
All child restraints must meet an approved standard. This ensures a restraint's design and construction are laboratory tested under crash conditions.
Look for a child restraint that shows:
Or, look for a restraint that complies with the United States Standard FMVSS 213. The restraint must also show the New Zealand Standard 'S' mark indicating it is certified for use here.
Requirements for how the restraints are attached are part of the American and European standards. Restraints that comply with these standards come with connectors called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) in the United States or ISOFIX in Europe. Both systems have lower anchors in the vehicle and lower attachments on child restraints. This method of installation allows a child restraint to be snapped into place instead of being held by the safety belt.
Find out more about LATCH and ISOFIX systems (external link).
You can hire car restraints for your visit from a number of hire outlets. The largest supplier is Plunket which hires a variety of infant and child restraints.
If you're bringing a restraint with you it must comply with approved standards:
While age requirements for the use of child restraint vary from state to state, all states require them to be used. The one accepted standard for a child restraints throughout Australia is AS/NZS 1754.
Both infant and child restraints have tether straps and all vehicles manufactured in Australia are required to have the tether anchorages inserted, making installation of the tether easy.
Ask the airlines you're travelling with whether they will accept your child restraint. Different airlines have different requirements. You need to check that your restraint is certified for aircraft use (check the instruction book or check for a sticker on the restraint).
It's unlikely that you'll be refused entry if you take a restraint other than one of those recommended for the country. Most problems are likely to arise over insurance if you have a crash. It is likely that insurance will not be paid out if the restraint is not one recommended for that specific country.
Provided by New Zealand Transport Authority: