Strap up the kids

AS a lasting memorial to Isabelle Broadhead’s all-too-brief life, new child car restraint laws in NSW will come into effect next month.

The new rules will mean children have to be strapped into special restraints until they are seven years old.

The regulations aim to reduce injuries caused by letting children use adult seatbelts too soon.

Three-year-old Isabelle died after an accident in 2006 that occurred while she was using a booster seat and an adult seatbelt in a car travelling at just 40km/h.

The new laws require children to be strapped into a rear-facing restraint until they are six months old, a child seat until they are four, and a booster seat until they are seven.



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