The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) has released findings for its latest round of testing, with just one of the 17 child restraints tested worthy of a 5-star rating.
The ‘Babylove Ezy Boost’ booster seat was the only model to achieve the top rating, joining just three other 5-star rated seats in the list of 95 which have been tested so far.
The RACV’s Melinda Congiu said that while all of the restraints tested met the Australian Standard, some performed better than others during simulated crash tests.
“RACV urges all parents and carers to select a child restraint which offers the greatest protection and ease of use,” Ms Congiu said.
NRMA vehicle safety expert Jack Haley agreed, adding that a slightly higher price tag could make a big difference.
“We advise parents not to compromise cost for quality when it comes to picking a child restraint,” Mr Haley said.
For the first time, the CREP website (website opens in new window) now allows parents and carers to select two or more child restraints to view a back-to-back comparison. It is hoped that this new feature will make choosing a child restraint easier.
Samantha Cockfield from Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) said that research shows children who are restrained incorrectly are up to seven times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash.
Over the five years to the end of 2012, 311 child passengers have been seriously injured and 23 have been killed on Victorian roads.
In NSW, the picture is much grimmer with 1,620 child passengers injured over the five years to the end of 2012 and 23 killed.