Booster seat use by children aged 4–11 years: evidence of the need to revise current Australasian standards to accommodate overweight children

Michael P Fitzharris and Diana M Bowman
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02195.x
Published online: 17 November 2008

To the Editor: The Australian Transport Council should be commended for approving the National Transport Commission’s revised road rules for the safety of children in motor vehicles.1 A key requirement is that children aged 4–7 years are to be restrained in an approved forward-facing child restraint or booster seat. It is expected that such changes, once enacted by states and territory governments, will result in fewer children being injured and killed.

  • Michael P Fitzharris1,2
  • Diana M Bowman3

  • 1 Accident Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, Monash South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 3 Monash Centre for Regulatory Studies, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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