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Choose the safest car seat for your child

Published 22nd May, 2018 in Transport

The NSW Government and NRMA have released new safety ratings to help parents choose the safest car seat for their child. 

Nuna Klik rear facing baby capsule received five stars for protection and and two stars for ease of use

Thirteen child car seats were tested in three simulated crash tests to measure crash protection performance and ease-of-correct-use.

The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) assesses the crash protection performance of car seats using three simulated crash tests:

  • Frontal impact test – This test simulates a situation where a correctly restrained child is involved in a head-on crash with another car of similar mass travelling at the same speed. The car seat is evaluated in term of its ability to retain the dummy's head and torso, minimise the forward and upward motions of the dummy's head, manage the crash energy, maintain the car seat's structural integrity, and ensure the harness buckle is still working properly after the test.
  • Side impact test – The simulates a situation where a correctly restrained child in a car is struck from the side (90 degrees) by another car of similar mass. The car seat is evaluated in term of its ability to retain the dummy’s head and torso and maintain the car seat's structural integrity.
  • Oblique impact test – The test simulates a situation where a correctly restrained child in a car is struck at an angle (66 degrees) by another car of similar mass. The car seat is evaluated in term of its ability to retain the dummy’s head and torso and maintain the car seat's structural integrity.

The CREP also considers how easy it is to use child car seats correctly by assessing the following five features individually:

  • packaging
  • instructions
  • labels
  • securing and releasing the child
  • securing and releasing the car seat within the vehicle (not used for booster ratings).

While all seats tested comply with Australian Standards, there is a vast difference in the quality of protection they offer, as indicated in the table below.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the new star ratings will help to remove confusion for parents.

“Every parent wants the best for their kids,” Ms Pavey said.

"This new star system will make that decision straight forward."

Learn more about the testing and rating system, and find restraint fitting stations across NSW

Summary of crash test ratings for child car seats

Seats are awarded a star rating of one to five, with five being the safest.

Model NameModeRating
ProtectionEase of use
Maxi-Cosi Citi Rear facing StarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Nuna Klik Rear facing StarIconStarIconStarIconStarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Infa-Secure Kompressor 4 Treo Rear facing up to 2.5 years StarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Forward facing StarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Babylove Cosmic II Rear facing StarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Forward facing StarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Safety 1st Summit AP Isofix Rear facing StarIconStarIconStarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Forward facing StarIconStarIcon StarIcon
Infa-Secure Luxi II Rear facing StarIconStarIcon StarIcon
Forward facing StarIcon StarIcon
Booster seat StarIconStarIconStarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Babylove Taurus 2 Forward facing StarIconStarIconStarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Booster seat StarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIconStarIcon
Safe-N-Sound Novus Forward facing StarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Booster seat StarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIconStarIcon
Kansas Rear facing up to 2.5 years StarIconStarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon

Forward facing

StarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Infa-Secure Grandeur Treo Rear facing up to 2.5 years StarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Forward facing up to 8 years StarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Infa-Secure Versatile Booster seat StarIconStarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIconStarIcon
Safe-N-Sound Kid Guar Pro Booster seat up to 10 years StarIconStarIconStarIconStarIcon StarIconStarIconStarIconStarIcon
Maxi-Cosi Luna Forward facing up to 8 years StarIcon StarIconStarIcon
Published 22nd May, 2018 in Transport
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