NRMA and Kidsafe NSW have released alarming new data about nine child restraints which were recently tested for safety.

All restraints tested comply with the Australian Standard, but there’s a big difference in the quality of protection, with one scoring less than two stars in that category, shares 9news.

NRMA’s Road Safety Expert, Dimitra Vlahomitros, said choosing the correct child seat was a crucially important decision to make.

“A car seat is one of the first and last pieces of baby equipment a parent will purchase that will be used every day for several years, and can be one of the most important,” Ms Vlahomitros said.

Surprisingly the results found that it wasn’t the most expensive restraints on the market which scored the best in both protection and ease of use.

“You can actually score a bargain and score a safe seat by looking around,” Ms Vlahomitros said.

“Safety doesn’t come at a price and these results show us that the most expensive seat isn’t often the safest.”

The results for each restraint – some come in models including a booster, forward or rear facing – are something every parent needs to be aware of.

See the results here.

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  • *Facepalm* This is CREP rating, which CREP = CRAP.
    For your childs safety, the best restraint is the safest for their age range that is installed and secured properly.
    So rear facing for as long as possible (up to 4 yr max per the law), then fully harnessed forward facing until highest harnessed seat allows, then tall booster if child still does not meet the 5 point check.
    Some brands have bad reputation for low markers (Maxi Cosi, Safety First & Mothers Choice) so you need to upgrade seat a lot earlier than other brands. Some good brands to choose from include Britax Safe & Sound, Infasecure and BabyLove.
    For those genuinly interested in the best seat for your car and child join “Car Seat Safety Australia” Facebook Group. They are friendly and helpful.

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  • Wow… It’s a very important decision and need a lot of research by the looks of it !

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