Approve overseas extended rear-facing car-seats for the Australian market.
  • Petitioned Standards Australia

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Standards Australia
Standards Australia
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer
The Hon. David Bradbury MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport
The Hon. Catherine King MP
National Transport Commission Australia
National Transport Commission Australia

Approve overseas extended rear-facing car-seats for the Australian market.

    1. Rear-Facing Down Under
    2. Petition by

      Rear-Facing Down Under

      Sydney, Australia

Rear-facing in the car is FIVE times safer than forward-facing for kids under the age of 4. Safety and health experts around the world recommend children remain rear-facing in the car until the age of 2 (America/Canada/New Zealand) or 4 (Sweden/Scandinavia). Young children have heavy heads that are large in proportion to their bodies. Rear-facing is a safer, gentler way for them to ride down a collision. When a young child is sitting in the forward-facing position in an accident, their head is thrown violently forward, putting all the force of the collision onto their vulnerable spine which is still under-developed as the child is still growing. Rear-facing keeps a child's head, neck and spine fully aligned during a collision, thus protecting them from head, neck and spinal injuries. There are currently no extended rear-facing car-seats available in Australia, despite the Australian Child-Restraint Standard and the Australian Road Laws allowing for children up to the age of 4 to remain rear-facing. Australian parents currently have no choice but to turn their children forward-facing at a very young age when they outgrow the low rear-facing limits of their Australian Standards car-seats. Extended rear-facing car-seats for children up to 4 years of age are available around the world. However they are currently still not legal in Australia because they haven't been tested or approved by the 5-tick Australian Standard. Australian parents deserve to have this option available for their children, and the children of Australia deserve to have this life-saving technology made available to them.

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    • Jaclyn Hamilton AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have one child with special needs . To be able to easily buy and extended re facing solid and dependable car seat would mean a lot to me. instead of having to stress about the flimsy and hard to fit expensive seat that i have to move been between cars now. I swear every time i change it over i hear the cheap plastic frame buckling just a little more

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    • Sue Courtney DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      My grandson lives in Australia and i would like him to be safe when in the car as he would be in New Zealand under our law.

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    • Rebecca Borland AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have a 6 month old baby that is almost too big for his current legal car seat for RF. I don't want to turn him to FF until his little neck is strong enough to cope if we were to get in an accident.

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    • Chava Josephsohn CAULFIELD NORTH, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have 2 kids under 3 (soon to be 3 under 3). Both my kids are tall and were able to push themselves up against the back seat which was potentially dangerous. I wanted to keep them back facing, but the seats in Australia are not suitable for this.

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    • Kate Jarvis AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Our children deserve the best protection we can give them. We urgently need to find a way to ensure rearward facing seats are made available in Australia as soon as possible.

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