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A new car seat law in Victoria has raised questions about the safety of the seat.
Key points:The seat can be installed by anyone over the age of six, and can be used in a car where the child is seatedThere is no age restriction for children aged six and under, but some car seats are available in some statesCar seats are designed to keep children and babies safely in their seats, with the aim of protecting the spine from trauma.
In Victoria, the state’s Child Safety Act defines car seats as “any device that allows a child to sit in the lap of a vehicle, whether a child is in a seat belt, child safety seat or a reclining child restraint”.
However, the new law states that “the seat shall be installed on a vehicle for which a child restraint is not required by law”.
While the law states there is no restriction on children under the age, the Victorian government says children between the ages of six and nine must be restrained in the seat, with an exception for those who are on a wheelchair.
The government says the rules on children aged 12 and over are based on the guidelines from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
A spokesperson for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services said the state had been consulting with experts in car seats to ensure the legislation is in compliance with all relevant standards.
“We are currently reviewing the law to ensure that it is in the best interests of all children, including children with disabilities, and we are committed to ensuring the safety and security of our citizens,” the spokesperson said.
The Victorian government’s new car seats for children under six, which were introduced on January 1, have been criticised by advocates for children with special needs.
“This is a pretty shocking development for me,” said Natasha Wilson, chair of the Victorian Disability Advocacy Group.
She said the laws were already in place, but they were just too vague.
“[The legislation] really doesn’t have any guidance for children who are six to nine,” she said.
“It really seems to be a blanket prohibition that applies to children who may have any age restriction.”
Wilson said the legislation was confusing for children, especially those with special abilities.
“We have children with autism and we have children who have Down syndrome,” she told ABC Victoria.
Victoria’s Child safety Act states that children aged 6 and under can sit in a child safety chair.
But Wilson said she had heard many children and adults who have special needs had to take up seats that were not designed for them.
Car seat laws in Victoria The Victorian Government said that the new laws would “help reduce the number of children who suffer a fatal injury in motor vehicles and will provide a safety net for those children who need to sit still or sit in cars with children”.
“The legislation will also provide a safe, effective, and affordable alternative to child restraint systems that can be easily fitted to vehicles for which children are not required to wear a seatbelt,” the Department of Children and Families said in a statement.
“Children who require a child-safety seat seat may apply to a local car seat vendor to obtain the seat belt in their area.”
But advocates for the disabled have criticised the government for making a blanket ban on children.
Julie Wilson, Chair of the Victoria Disability Advocates Group, said the new legislation was not an improvement, and it left her and other advocates with no options.
“They don’t have a way of knowing how many children they are targeting and how many car seats they’re targeting,” she explained.
Ms Wilson said that when she contacted the Victorian Government’s office to speak with a representative, the representative refused to discuss the law, instead stating that she could not talk to anyone directly.
After speaking with Ms Wilson, the department’s spokesperson said the government would provide a “more detailed and detailed briefing” on the legislation when it comes to a Victorian parliamentary committee.
However, Ms Wilson said the fact that the government was so vague about the law left her with no choice but to take legal action.
“The law is a piece of legislation, so if they can’t provide a clarification they’re going to get away with it, she said in an interview with ABC Victoria on Thursday.”
And so what we’re doing is taking action against the minister and the state government, so that they can actually give us a better explanation.
“I have no idea what the minister’s thinking.
I’ve had my lawyer in for two weeks.”
Ms Kelly said she believed the legislation would be “very ineffective” in reducing the number and severity of injuries that children suffer.
If a child or a family member is injured, there is “no way they’re not going to sue the car seat provider, and the child’s insurance company”, she said, adding that “we have to go after the manufacturer”.
“And if that manufacturer doesn’t comply with our complaint, we’ll go to the police, which is our best option.”
Ms Kelly also said the law