Can I buy a second hand Child Restraint?
Yes. However, while it isn’t possible to guarantee that a used restraint is fully safe, the following checklist should be followed: Make sure the device is approved to Australian Standard 1754
- If the Child Restraint does not have a hook connection on the top tether strap then it is over 10 years old and should not be used
- Check for signs of wear, ie. cracks, faded or frayed straps, or a buckle that doesn’t work
- Check the history of the restraint if you can. Don’t use one which has been involved in a crash - it is likely to have been stressed and may not provide adequate protection
- As a general rule, only consider a restraint owned by someone you know
- Secondhand child restraints may not contain all the safety features of the latest Australian Standard
- We do not recommend the use of second hand Child Restraints as the full history of the restraint may not be known.
Can I use a second hand Child Restraint and is it safe?
Child Restraints cannot be checked visually and therefore it is important to know its history (e.g. Has it been in an accident? Has it been stored correctly while not in use? etc). We do not recommend the use of second hand Child Restraints as the full history of the restraint may not be known.