Child restraints

When you have children in your car it is compulsory to use an approved child restraint until their seventh birthday. In addition to this legal requirement, international best practice recommends that appropriate child restraints (or booster seats) are used until your child reaches 148 centimetres. At this height, they are tall enough to use an ordinary car seat belt safely. It is the driver’s responsibility to see that children are safely restrained. Using a child restraint correctly will greatly reduce the chance of your child being injured or killed in a crash.

How to pick the right child restraint

The NZTA has created a new child restraints website section:

It includes an interactive page which lists all certified Child Restraint Technicians who are available for the public to contact. These certified Child Restraint Technicians are qualified to provide informed advice on the type of child restraint you may need. They also have the practical knowledge to correctly fit your child restraint into a vehicle and show you how to do it too.

Go to and click on the map on the left, or the ‘Choose a region’ drop-down box to choose your region. Then click on the ‘Choose a local area’ drop down box to find your nearest technician.

This list of certified Child Restraint Technicians will be updated regularly as more come on board.

Last updated: 16 December 2013

Last reviewed: 24 January 2014