Is your child car seat still safe?

We recommend that a child car seat should not be used if it is more than 10 years old, or if the seat has cracks, other damage or frayed straps.

Never use a child car seat that has been in a crash, or if you can see signs of wear or damage on any part of the seat.

Before you use a second-hand child car seat, you should know the history of the car seat and be sure that it has all the correct fittings. Check that the car seat:

  • meets AS/NZS 1754, version 2004, 2010 and 2013 – look for this information on the restraint
  • has not been in a crash of moderate or serious intensity
  • is not more than 10 years old
  • has all its parts, including the instruction booklet
  • has no splits, cracks or stress marks on its shell
  • has straps and harness that are not frayed, worn or damaged
  • has a buckle that works smoothly

You may need to dispose of a child car seat that fails to meet these criteria.