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

Yvonne A Zurynski, Lynne Bilston and Elizabeth J Elliott
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01972.x
Published online: 4 August 2008

To the Editor: On 25 January 2008, the Australian Transport Council approved the National Transport Commission’s seventh amendment to the Australian Road Rules. This amendment provides for the mandatory use of forward-facing child restraints for children aged 6 months to 4 years, and the use of Australian Standards-approved booster seats for children aged 4–7 years and weighing up to 26 kg. It also recommends that children aged less than 7 years should not travel in the front passenger seat.

  • Yvonne A Zurynski1,2
  • Lynne Bilston3,4
  • Elizabeth J Elliott1,2

  • 1 Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.



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