The mandatory standard for child restraints for motor vehicles came into effect on 7 November 1978 and was last amended 19 September 2014. It covers various requirements for the design, construction, performance, user instructions, marking and packaging of child car restraints.
The amendment to the mandatory standard in September 2014 removed an early (2000) version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754 from the scope of the regulation and replaced it with the 2013 version. As a result, the mandatory standard is now based upon the 2004, 2010 and 2013 versions of AS/NZS 1754.
Parents and carers use child car restraints to keep children safe inside cars. Restraints are suitable for children usually up to 10 years old with shoulder height of 530 mm. They are fitted in the car and used with existing adult seatbelts.
Under the mandatory standard, a child car restraint is a device used together with an adult seatbelt to restrain a child car passenger and reduce the risk of their bodily injury or death in the event of a car accident. It does not apply to child restraints designed for children with a disability or to features that already come with the car.
When children are not properly restrained they are more likely to suffer serious injuries or die in car accidents. A 2007 Australian study confirmed that using adult seatbelts too early, using seatbelts incorrectly and using lap-only seatbelts all increase children’s risk of injury or death. Source: Medical Journal of Australia, June 2007.
The mandatory standard is based on the 2004, 2010 and 2013 versions of Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754 Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles.
AS/NZS 1754 is a voluntary standard except for those sections in the 2004, 2010 and 2013 versions specifically called up by the mandatory standard. Suppliers must comply with any one of these versions of AS/NZS 1754 with variations outlined in the mandatory standard, which you must consult for these details.
For complete information about all mandatory requirements for child car restraints, we strongly advise that you read Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2014. This information is essential to ensure you and your business comply.
The current mandatory standard came into effect on 19 September 2014.
in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.
This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying child car restraints, including:
To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory standard or ban prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the mandatory standard before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.
The requirements noted below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the mandatory standard. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing child car restraints.
While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the mandatory standard, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
Each child restraint must come with instructions for installation, use and maintenance as well as general information. These instructions and information need to come in a booklet or sheet that must be:
attached to the child restraint and removable, or
provided in a pocket as part of the child restraint.
For Type C restraints, the booklet or sheet must be in the package with the child restraint.