How To Ensure Your Car Restraint Is Fitted Correctly
Author: Josh Date Posted:30 August 2017
And why it is so important.
When asking customers what the number one consideration is when purchasing a car restraint for their new baby the majority respond with one word, "Safety".
So it might suprise you to know that in Australia as many as 70%1 of child car seats are fitted incorrectly!
I always emphasise to parents that you can have the safest seat on the market but if you don't have it correctly fitted or you are not using it in the way is is intended then the seat is unlikley to perform as intended in the event of an accident.
Because the safety of your child is important to us, we've put together a list of DOs to help you protect your children:
1. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when fitting your car seat. If you are unsure or not confident fitting the seat yourself have a trained professional fit the seat for you. You can book a car seat fitting with the professionals at SHOPBABY here
2. Leave your baby rear-facing for as long as their restraint will allow. We almost cry when we see parents turning babies forward-facing at the minimum 6 months of age :-( Rear facing is THE SAFEST position for a child under the age of 4. Yes, that's right - under 4!! Check out this true life video of why rear facing is so important.
3. Use the correct sized restraint for YOUR child's size. The law provides minimum ages at which a child can move to the next stage restraint however this is an absolute minimum and by no means a recommendation. Did you know that an adult seat belt is designed for a minimum height of 145cm but the average height of a 10-year-old boy is 137cm. This means that most parents moving their 7 year olds (which is the minimum age by law that a child can use an adult seat belt) out of a car restraint are putting their child at risk of serious injury.
4. Ensure you know the history of the restraint you're using. We don't recommend buying used restraints unless you know the full history of the seat. Car seats that have been in accidents don't necessarily show signs of strain but even so they will be unsafe to use.
5. Do not use a restraint that is more than 10 years old. Most manufacturer's recommend a life of 6-10 years for car seats. If there are signs of damage, stiff buckle, fraying straps or mould the seat should not be used regardless of it's age.
6. Ensure your child is properly secured in their restraint. There should be no twists in the harness straps, the harness straps should be coming from just above the child's shoulder height, you should be able to fit two fingers between your child and their harness (but no more!) and the harness buckle should be "clicked" in.
If you are concerned about the safety of your car seat and/or whether it is fitted correctly please visit us at 126 Woodlark Street, Lismore. We also love providing advice to new Mums and Dads so they can be confident they have the best car seat protection for their child from the day they bring their little one home from the hospital.
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