February 01, 2023 5 min read
In New Zealand, all drivers must ensure that passengers under the age of 7 (while vehicle is in motion on the road) are properly restrained in an approved child restraint appropriate for that passenger. This law extends to a child's 8th where there is a suitable car seat present in the car.
So children under 7 must be in a car seat, and children aged 7-8 need to be in a car seat if there is one available in the car.
All child restraints (car seats) sold in New Zealand must meet an approved standard. We have a unique situation in NZ, as our law allows car seats from different parts of the world to be used. The car seats must meet one of the following standards:
This depends on your child's weight, height, age, physical development, behaviour and also the type of vehicle you own.
The main types of child restraints are:
1. Infant capsules-
Take a look at our other posts if you're interested in learning about our top selling convertible car seats: Which car seats are best for a 1 year old?
3. Forward facing child restraint and booster –
Here's a link to our blog post titled Which are good car seats for 3 year olds? if you're interested in reading more about our forward facing restraint range.
4. Booster seat –
We don't recommend using a half booster as it does not offer support for your child to properly fit the vehicle's safety belt and offers no head and body protection in a collision. We do not sell half boosters here atGlobal Baby.
In some situations however, a half booster may be the only option, and in those cases a half booster is better than nothing. A half booster will still lift the child up and help to position the lap belt across the child's legs instead of their tummy.
Most children will be at least four or five years old before they can do all of the above.
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