Holden recommends that children aged 12 years and under should ride in the rear seat of a vehicle, properly restrained. Research shows that children are safer if restrained in a rear seat.
This applies to an infant riding in a rear-facing capsule, a child riding in a forward-facing child seat, an older child riding in a booster seat and children large enough to wear a seat belt alone. While research shows that children who were properly restrained have survived high-speed crashes with minor injuries or bruising, misuse of child restraints is responsible for a range of serious injuries.
Common examples of misuse include placing a child in a seat which is inappropriate for that child's weight and height; not anchoring the seat tightly enough; not using top tethers; incorrectly threading seat belts; loose, unbuckled, twisted and damaged seat belts.