What the Law Says
Standards are published documents that set out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable and consistently perform the way they are intended to. They establish a common language that defines quality and safety criteria.
AS/NZS1754: Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles
The Australian/New Zealand Standard for child restraints AS/NZS 1754 Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles, was recently updated with publication on June 7, 2013.
The mandatory 1754 Standard specifies a range of design and performance requirements for devices to restrain children in motor vehicles in order to provide protection to the child in the event of a crash.
South Australian legislation requires that all restraints used must comply with the 1754 standard in order for them to be legal. Every compliant restraint will feature the following sticker to show its approved status:
AS/NZS 1754:2013 is the most recent version of the Standard and includes the following changes:
- Introduction of ISOFIX compatible restraints
- Introduction of a restraint that will allow children to remain rearward facing up to approximately 30 months of age. The current range of restraints only allows children to remain reward facing up to 6 or 12 months.
- Introduction of a restraint with an inbuilt harness for children up to approximately 8-10 years of age. The current range of child restraints with inbuilt harnesses only accommodates children up to approximately 4 years of age.
- Introduction of testing and labelling of child restraints which are suitable for babies of low birth weight, particularly premature babies.
- Introduction of testing and labelling of child restraints suitable for aircraft.
AS/NZS8005: Accessories for child restraints for use in motor vehicles
The objective of this new Standard is to provide minimum requirements for the design, construction, performance and informative labelling for products sold separately as accessories for child restraints. Although not a mandatory Standard, products meeting the requirements of this Standard will be tested to ensure that they do not compromise the safety of the restraint they are being used on, thereby increasing the risk of injury to the child.
Products eligible for testing under this standard include such devices as:
- Seatbelt modifiers
- Seatbelt extenders
- Covers and padding
- Cross chest devices
- Buckle covers
- Play tray, play devices
- Fitting accessories
As accessories can affect the compliance and safety of the child restraint, RAA will only recommend using accessories that meet the 8005 Standard.
AS/NZS4370: Restraint of children with disabilities, or medical conditions, in motor vehicles
Children with a disability, due to a medical condition or challenging behaviour, often require special consideration when being transported in motor vehicles. Children with a permanent disability require long term solutions that need to be reassessed as the child grows, while children with a temporary disability require short term solutions.
The objective of this Standard is to enable a prescriber (e.g. Occupational therapist, child restraint technician) to assess the need, identify the available options and recommend the most suitable option for restraining a child, with one or more disabilities, or a medical condition, while travelling in a motor vehicle.
Changes in this edition include a new comprehensive assessment guide, including considerations for children with complex and challenging behaviours. Appendix A has been updated to reflect recent research and a new appendix (Appendix B) is included providing a sample prescribing pro forma to assist the prescriber in complying with this Standard.
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