Car seat safety

Car crashes are one of the biggest dangers to New Zealand children. It’s important to choose the right car seat to keep your child safe. Whether you’re hiring or buying a car seat for your child, you can find the latest car seat information on our website.

Car seat law information

Under New Zealand law, all children aged under 7 years must be in a car seat that’s appropriate for their age and size. They must not travel in the vehicle if you can't put them in an approved child restraint. This provides the best protection in a car crash, because the vehicle safety belt on its own doesn’t protect a small child.

Your child may move to a booster seat before they turn 7. Keep using a booster seat to keep them safe. It’s the best protection for a child until they are big enough for the vehicle’s safety belt to fit correctly.

For more information about using a child restraint in New Zealand, see the NZTA website here.

Ask a car seat technician

Find a child restraint technician in your area by searching ‘child restraint technician’ at

For more information about installing child restraints see these videos from NZTA:
  • Introduction to installing child restraints - here
  • Tips for installing child restraints - here
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