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Benefits of Accredited Car Seat Installation

Accredited Car Seat Installation is a complex area which many parents and even industry experts find difficult to keep up with. The only true way to be certain that you have the correct information is to contact an ACRI Accredited Car Seat Installation and fitter.

Many Parents see the installation of their car seat as just another expense and do not fully understand the service which is being offered by an Accredited baby car seat installer.

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South Melbourne Car Seat Fitting

South Melbourne car seat fitting is as simple as calling (03) 9694 4424 or making a booking online easy simple and direct by ACRI accredited Fitters

When you book a car seat fitting through South Melbourne baby seat Fitting, we take the time to come to your home, and explain how the car seat is used. Unlike many other local child restraint fitting services; where you need to schedule a certain day, We will not rush the installation just to achieve the quota for the day.

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Booster seats vs G type restraint

17 September 2014 the new Australian Standards for child restraints were introduced. The introduction saw ISOFIX child restraints being allowed as well as introducing the G type child restraint (extended forward facing) and the A4 type baby car seat (extended rear facing child restraint).

Is ISOFIX Safer

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Convertible Booster height markers

grey-swirl forward facing comfi-caprice by infa SecureConvertible Booster seats are simply referred to as forward facing seats, and cannot be used as a rear facing child restraint.

Even though the law says that a child can be forward facing from six months of age, in reality the 6 months of ages is simply too young to forward face as the child has not developed sufficient strength in their necks and backs to support themselves in a forward facing position.

Child safety experts have recognised this and have been working hard to introduce extended rear facing child restraints. In the Australian Standards these extended rear facing child restraints are referred to as A4 child restraints. An A4 Baby car seat is tested to a large 30 month old and have an exit marker of 39 cm.

Should height markers refer to the torso length of the child when they are sitting down

Convertible Booster height markers (6month-8yrs) descending order by tallest inbuilt harness height

  • Safe n Sound Maxi Rider Easy Adjust: Entry height: 31cms. Harness height to/Booster entry: 45cms.  Exit: 51cms
  • Infasecure Comfi Caprice: Entry height 29cms. Harness height to/Booster entry: 45cms. Exit: 51cms
  • Infasecure Comfi Crown/Comfi Cruiser/Roamer Plus/RallyE/Atlantis/Sprinter:entry height: 29cms. Harness height to/Booster entry: 45cms. Booster: 51cms.
  • Safe n Sound Novus: entry height: 31cm. Harness to/booster entry: 42-43cm. exit: 52cm
  • Love N Care Virgo: Harness to: 42cm. Booster to: 50cm
  • Cargo Marathon: Entry height: 30cm. Harness height to/Booster entry: 40cm. Exit: 51cm
  • Babylove Easy Combo: entry height: 30cms. Harness height to/Booster entry: 39cms. Exit: 50cms
  • Hipod Senator: entry height: 30cm.  Harness height to/Booster entry: 39cm. Exit: 44cm
  • Safety 1st Custodian: entry height: 28cms. FWD facing: 38cms. Booster: 52cms

Call 0420 516 587 for baby car seat fitting service in melbourne

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Oakleigh Car seat fitting

At Childrestraintfitting.com in Oakleigh we want to ensure that you understand how to use your child restraint /  baby capsule.

When you book a car seat fitting through us, we take the time to come to your home, and explain how the car seat is used. Unlike many other local child restraint fitting services; where you need to schedule a certain day or be a member (additional cost), We do not want to rush the installation simply so we can achieve the quota for the day.

Have a question about Oakleigh car seat fitting

We take our time to explain everything in easy to understand language, we allow you to ask any questions you feel you need answering and we explain the typical issues you may encounter when using the car seat.

Added to this; we also provide an installation certificate so that you know the installation has been done in accordance with best practices. Naturally we are ACRI Professional and current member so you know we provide a quality service.

IF you have a small car, or trying to fit 3 child restraints across the back seat, call to discuss your issue and we will either have a solution for you; or in many cases can find out what is needed in the way of baby car seats/ child restraints.

Oakleigh Car Seat Fitting Safety Check list

Oakleigh car seat fitting safety-check list
In Oakleigh we also provide you with a Safety Check list to help remember the vital points of our conversation; helping you and your child travel safely. The safety check list is a helpful reminder as to what you need to check on both a daily basis and not so seldom basis (normally once every 3-4 weeks). Keep the safety check list in your purse or in the car so that you always have it handy.

Are you confused about ISOFIX, read our story on understanding ISOFIX

Looking for help with your Infa Secure Evolve, our story may have the answer to your problem.

Last but not least perhaps you are looking for the maxi cosi aura review read it here

Note : Car seat fitting checks events are only possible through accredited playgroups and are scheduled events on specific days. Checking a installation not done by childrestraintfitting.com has the same cost as an installation

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Car seat fitting in Hawthorn

Local Car seat fitter in Hawthorn

At childrestraintfitting.com, we understand that you are very busy and do not always have the time to fit in with the local baby shop in Hawthorn, for when they may have a child restraint technician on-site. Furthermore, we take you through the whole operation of the child restraint so that you will understand how to operate the child restraint, booster or baby capsule.

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Do I Need a Gated Buckle (Locking Clip)

What is a Gated Buckle / Locking Clip

safe n sound gated buckleA Gated Buckle is also called a Locking clip, which is used to help lock in the lateral tension to prevent lateral movement in case of a side impact with another object.

maxi cosi gated buckleWhen you have either a Japanese car or an American Car then there is a very good chance that you will not need a Gated buckle or a locking clip. The reason you may not need a gated buckle is that these cars have what is called ALR or ELR (Automatic Locking Retraction, or Emergency Locking Retraction)

ALR/ ELR is a safety device in the seat belt locking mechanism to prevent the Seat belt from coming out further than it should. In order to activate the ALR / ELR mechanism, you need to pull the seat belt out fully, once you pull the seat belt out full and release the seat belt slowly, you will hear a clicking noise like a ratchet as it rewinds.

When a Car has ALR/ELR it is possible to use this mechanism instead of a gated buckle, However caution should be used when wrapping the seat belt around the handles of child restraints such as the maxi cosi Goliath or the Safety 1st Custodian Plus II or the maxi cosi Aura. When you activate the ALR/ELR with these seats then you will need to either cut the seat belt or to cut the arm rest off the child restraint.

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What is safest Rear Facing or Forward facing

Your baby is always safest in a rearward-facing car seat for as long as she fits in a rear facing child restraint / baby capsule. However there are practical limits to keeping a child rear facing such as the height markers. The height marker to turn a child around indicates the minimum torso length the child must have measured at the shoulders.

Child Restraint standards

Right now there are a number of different child restraints out there, which comply to differing standards, the 2004 standards uses a weight and age based system, the 2010 standards which uses height markers and the new 2013 standard which introduced the G type seat and isofix. Regardless of whether your child restraint is compliant to the 2004 or 2010 standard, the most important point for your child is are they comfortable and not squashed into the restraint, does the child fit into the inbuilt harness

Legal Age for Rear Facing

Legally children can be turned around at 6 months of age from a rear facing position to forward facing, however the generally agreed minimum is that the child should stay rear facing until they reach at least the first height marker, with many experts recommending that you do not move your child to forward facing until they pass the upper should height markers

When your child is in a 2004 standard child restraint (weight and age based standard), then there will be no height markers and as the sign your child has outgrown the restraint is when their shoulders have passed the upper harness slot for rear facing use.

Types of Rear Facing child restraints

Should you have a baby capsule / carrier then it is recommended to move to a convertible child restraint in rear facing mode. There are a number of different rear facing child restraints, these are indicated by their child restraint Type. A rear facing child restraint is a Type A, A1 = small capsule for 6-9 months, A2 for children up to 12 months old and A4 for children up to 30 months old.

References
transport.wa.gov

vicroads.gov.au

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