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  • Child Car Restraints


    Deaths from vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of child injury deaths in Australia. In South Australia, approximately 1/3 of child injury deaths per year are due to vehicle accidents (Government of SA 2007; 2008; 2009). Many more young children are injured and require hospitalisation due to vehicle related injuries.

    There has been overwhelming evidence that a combination of safer vehicle design and correct child restraint use have proven to be effective in reducing child deaths and severity of injuries. Despite this evidence, many children are not restrained in appropriate child restraints (Johnson 2009; WHO & UNICEF 2008).

    New legislative changes in South Australia in 2010 require all children to be restrained in cars up to the age of 7 years. Click here to view the Information Sheet 'Keeping Children Safe in Cars' that outlines the legislative requirements for child car restraints in South Australia.

    Restraint fitting services are provided by various organisationsto assist parents and carers to install and use approved restraints correctly. Approved rear-ward facing child restraints, such as baby capsules, can be hired through various private organisations.

    There may be a charge for restraint fitting services and you will will need to call the provider to make a booking.


    The following organisations will be able to help you:

    Red Cross Baby Seats
    Advice, buying, hiring and fitting
    125 Henley Beach Road, Mile End SA 5031
    Ph: (08) 8443 9700

    RAA Child Safety Centre
    Advice, buying and fitting
    101 Richmond Road, Mile End SA 5031
    Ph: (08) 8202 4592

    Hire for Baby
    Advice, hiring and fitting
    Various locations across metropolitan and regional South Australia
    Ph: 1300 363 755


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