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Child Restraints

C h i l d R e s t r a i n t s C H I L D R E S T R A I N T S F O R S M A L L

CHILDREN AND BABIES Infants and children too small for adult seat belts should be restrained in a child safety seat or restraint system appropriate to their age and/or size.

Child seats and restraint systems designed for your vehicle will be one of two types:

  • Those secured in vehicle seats by the seat belts

  • ‘LATCH’ type child restraints employing anchor bars built into the rear seat frame.

All new and most older type child restraint systems incorporate a tether strap which can be attached to an anchorage point on the vehicle. Information about tether strap attachment points and the seat belt locking mechanism, which is used to restrain child seats and restraints, is shown later in this section.

CAUTION: When fitting child seats and restraint systems, always ensure that the manufacturer's fitting instructions are followed exactly. Note that crash statistics show that children are safer when properly restrained in the rear (2nd row) seating positions than in the front.


CHILDREN In a situation where a child is too large to fit into a child safety seat, but is still too small to safely fit the 3 point seat belt properly, a booster seat is recommended for maximum safety. Follow the manufacturer’s fitting instructions exactly, then adjust the seat belt to suit.


  • DO NOT allow a baby or infant to be carried on the lap. The force of a crash can increase effective body weight by as much as 30 times, making it impossible to hold on to the child.

  • Children typically require the use of a booster seat appropriate to their age and size, thereby enabling the seat belts to be properly fitted, reducing the risk of injury in a crash.

  • Children could be endangered in a crash if their child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle.

  • DO NOT use a child seat that hooks over the seat back. This type of seat cannot be satisfactorily secured, and is unlikely to be safe for your child.

  • Never leave a child unattended in your vehicle.


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