Young girl in rear seat child restraint

Child Car Seats



Are you about to purchase a new child car seat?

Take part in this study and get $100 reimbursement

Thank you for visiting NeuRA online, and for showing interest in the research we do here.

Who are we?

Neuroscience Research Australia is one of the largest research institutes in Australia dedicated to the study of the brain and nervous system.

We have an international reputation for research excellence.

Areas of research include:

  • injury prevention
  • mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, autism etc)
  • ageing and neurodegeneration (e.g. dementia)
  • sensation, movement, balance and falls
  • brain structure and function
  • neural injury

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Who is running the study?

The project is funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council. Partners in this study are:

  • Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)
  • University of New South Wales
  • Monash University
  • The George Institute for Global Health

What is the research study about?

The child car seat study is a research study looking at the factors that help or hinder proper child car seat use.

We are interested in the use of information sources about the correct use of child car seats. We are hoping that the study will help reduce the level of incorrect use of child seats and thereby reduce the risk of injury to children in the event of a crash.

The findings from the study will help us develop the best possible set of informational materials so that all children in Australia using car seats, such as the one you are planning to purchase, can travel as safely as possible.


Who can take part in this research study?

If you are planning to purchase * one of the two child car seats we are using in the study.



AND you

  • Are over the age of 18 years,
  • live within a 2 hour drive of Sydney’s CBD,
  • hold a current driver’s license, and own a motor vehicle,
  • are the parent or other primary carer of a child who will be using this new restraint – then you are able to take part! 

Whether or not you have experience with using child seats, we would love you to be involved.

*Please note: the study is only open to those who have not yet purchased one of these car seats.


 What is involved?

If you are interested in this study, you can read the information sheet that provides more details about what is involved.

In a nutshell, if you participate, you will purchase the car seat online through a secure encrypted external commercial payment website (E-way). The prices of the two car seats match the lowest available online prices, for the respective seats, at the commencement of the study. If you find a lower price online and send us a current link to it, we will endeavour to match this price. After we have been notified of your payment, NeuRA will send you the car seat you have chosen and the study materials, within 5 days. Your payment details will not be made available to NeuRA or any party other than the payment website.

The study materials that you will receive with your child car seat are additional to what is normally included with the manufacturer’s instructions. They are compiled by experts in child safety. There are two sets of materials, focusing on different aspects of information about car seat use. You will be randomly assigned to receive one set of materials or the other. At the conclusion of the study you will have access to the information received by the other group.

Six months after you start using the car seat we will arrange a visit to your place so we can:

  1. Check the child car seat in your car and,
  2. Ask you to respond to a questionnaire about how and when your child uses the restraint.
  3. An optional additional component is the installation of a small in-vehicle camera for 24 hours to capture information about how the car seat is used over time. If you choose to take part in this, we will be able to provide you with information about whether there are any improvements that can be made to how the car seat is used for optimal safety. You are free to take part in the study and not take part in this aspect. When we contact you to make the home visit appointment, you can tell us whether or not you would like to have the camera installed (see Information Sheet for details on what happens to this information and how your privacy and that of your child’s will be protected)

After the home visit, we will notify EWay, the secure external payment company and they will refund you $100 to the same account or credit card that you used to purchase the car seat.


Consent to be Contacted 

To register to take part in this study, or just to find out more about it, you can do the following:

  1. Call a member of our research team on 9399 1234 to get some more information
  2. Send a text using the words “car seat study” to 0488 824611 and we will call you back to tell you more about it
  3. Send an email to


Research Team Contact

Name Catherine Ho
Position Research Assistant
Phone 93991234



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