You read that right – after a long, long wait, the announcement has finally been made – ISOFIX child restraint system has been approved for Australia.
Standards Australia has confirmed that a revision of standards has resulted in the allowance of selling and usage of ISOFIX restraints in Australia. ISOFIX works by locking and anchoring the restraint to the actual car chassis for added security and reduced movement, instead of relying on a car seatbelt fixture alone.
It’s important to note, that unlike the US or Europe, Australian standards dictate the compulsory use of top-tether straps on all child restraints. This extra security measure of top-tether anchoring makes for our Australian children using the ISOFIX system, better protected than any other country in the world.
It’s likely that your car already has ISOFIX points in the back seat – most imported cars sold in Australia feature these and Holden fans rejoice – the all new VF Commodore range is the first Australian produced car fitted with ISOFIX.
For more information on Australian ISOFIX child restraints, see our past Britax post.
(via Sydney Morning Herald)