Children in ute seats

We wish to take our 6 year old grandson with us on our next trip but am unsure of the rules/regs. The ute is a Patrol 4.2tdi which seats 3. There are no airbags. The seat the grandson will be in has a lap belt only. Does anyone know the law for Qld?
Thanks, Geoff
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Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:29

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:29
dont know, but the fines increase heavily as they grow up.
along with demerit points.

definatly say no.
just on tv the other night!
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Reply By: Lex M - Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:35

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:35
http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Driver-guide/Child-restraints.aspx
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:37

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:37
Here is a Q & A off the Qld TMR website

Child seat laws QLD

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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:41

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:41
If the car has one row of seats only (for example, a ute)
? A child of any age can sit in the front seat if the vehicle has only one row
of seats and they are properly restrained.
? If the vehicle has a passenger airbag fitted, a rearward facing child
restraint should not be used if the restraint is in front of the airbag.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 14:06

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 14:06
The the legal stance. I'd go one step further and say that if it were my child, I'd give them first dibs at the proper seatbelt and put the adult in the lap belt. A kid will submarine under a lap belt much easier than an adult in an impact.
Fab.
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Reply By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:42

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 18:42
I found a ute related question at the RACQ site below.

RACQ

"If a vehicle has only one row of seats (ute or commecial vehicle) a child can sit in the front seat as long as they are properly restrained for their age & size. "

Children up to 7 must be in a child restraint.
The issue may be more about how to securely anchor the child restraint in your ute. Im sure its been done before.

Have fun.
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 22:19

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 at 22:19
Hi Geoff

Not sure about the laws/rules in Qld, but used to travel with my young fella in the centre seat of my 75 LC. It was a tight fit - but my kids are big given I'm 6'5".

We had an approved restraint point put in and used a Safe and Sound H harness (with the lap belt) and a child seat. H harness stopped him bouncing around - just get a child seat with an anti-submarine strap. It effectively turns the harness into a 5 point harness and stops any sliding out in the event of an accident.

Currently using the same set up in my 100 series with my 5 year old in the middle of the rear seat (he takes after the nagivator and wants to see everything).

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Reply By: geoffqld - Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 17:09

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 at 17:09
Wonderfully helpful site. Looks like we'll have to wait another year, wouldn't like to risk him.
Thanks for the replies, Geoff
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