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Dr Warwick Teague talks booster seat safety with Tom Elliott on 3AW

Height is the key indicator for when it is safe to move a child from a booster seat to an adult seat, according to the Director of Trauma at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Speaking on 3AW Drive, Dr Warwick Teague said the current rules surrounding child car seats didn’t reflect the safest requirements for children.

‘In order to keep our children safe, they need to be in the best child restraint that fits their height and weight, it’s more about size and nothing to do with age,’ he explained.

‘There is great research surrounding this, 145cm is considered to be the minimum height.’

Dr Teague said the front seat was also a lot more dangerous than the back seat.

‘Unfortunately an airbag is not a safety promoting situation for a child until they reach adult body proportions,’ he said.

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