Seatbelts and the law: how well do we protect Australian children?

Katie N. Reeve*, Yvonne A. Zurynski, Elizabeth J. Elliott, Lynne Bilston

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• About a thousand Australian children are seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents each year, despite 92% using seatbelts or child restraints. 

• Premature graduation of children to adult seatbelts, misuse of seatbelts and use of lap-only belts increase the risk of injury or death. 

• In Australia, use of a child restraint or booster seat is not mandatory for children aged > 1 year, while other countries mandate their use for children up to 5-12 years old. 

• Australian parents are confused about the safest restraint and seating position, particularly for children aged > 2 years. 

• Australian child restraint legislation needs to be reviewed to increase the rate of optimal restraint use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-638
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


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