Child Car Seat Installation

Absolute Baby offers an affordable mobile or on-site child car seat installation service.  We travel throughout the Rockhampton, Gracemere and Yeppoon regions lessening the stress of busy families.

Whether you’re expecting a newborn or moving your child into the next type of car seat, we can help ensure the restraint is suited to your child and installed safely.  More importantly, Absolute Baby staff will ensure you are equipped with the skills and knowledge to keep your child traveling safe long after the initial installation.

An installation booking includes:

  • arriving at your preferred location at the prearranged time,
  • checking over your child car restraint
  • adjusting the car seat to fit your child
  • installing the car seat into your vehicle following the manufactures instructions
  • providing instructions on how best to use the restraint, what to adjust and when
  • advise on important safety considerations and tips to make your life easier
  • discussion on when to consider moving the child into a different restraint and restraint options
  • a Daily and Weekly check list to maintain the safety

 

MOBILE: $49 first restraint | + $30 each additional restraint in vehicle*^
ABSOLUTE BABY BASE: $35 first restraint | + $30 each additional restraint in vehicle^
(Norman Gardens, Qld)

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* 10km travel from base included, additional travel charged at $1/1km.
^ Accessories such as tether extension straps, anchor bolts and locking clips may be required during this service,  at an additional cost.

Child Car Seat Safety Inspection

An ill-fitting restraint, or using a car seat incorrectly increases the likelihood of serious injury in the event of an accident.

If you have installed your child’s car seat and feel a little unsure about it, you are not alone. Many restraints which are installed by parents or carers are incorrectly installed or are being used incorrectly.

Absolute Baby offers inspections of pre-installed car restraints and will provide a written 19-point safety report to ensure the car seat is suited to your vehicle, fitted to your child and is installed safely, following the manufacturer’s instructions.  This will give you peace of mind that your child is safe in the car.

If Absolute Baby identifies any concerns during an inspection service, we can:

  • provide verbal advice on adjustments you can make to improve the installation, or
  • professionally install the restraint for a small fee.

 

$15 per restraint | Post inspection installation + $30 *^

Book here: https://calendly.com/absolutebaby

* Bookings are available at Absolute Baby base in Norman Gardens, Qld.
^ Accessories such as tether extension straps, anchor bolts and locking clips may be required during this service,  at an additional cost.

Installs & Inspections FAQs

Why should I get a professional to fit and install my child’s restraint?

We believe it is for total peace of mind knowing that you have the correct car seat for your child, fitted correctly in your vehicle.

A research study funded by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has shown that children who are restrained incorrectly are up to seven times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than children who are restrained correctly.  Recent research funded by RMS has shown children whose parents used an Authorised Restraint Fitting Station are nearly two times more likely to be correctly restrained than those who haven’t used the fitting station.

Child restraint installation and correct day to day use can be confusing for parents for many reasons. If you are feeling this way you are not alone!

Many children are not properly restrained due to hard to follow user manuals, conflicting information from family and friends and the use of unsafe/unauthorised or expired restraints to name a few.

Getting a qualified restraint installer to comprehensively check, fit and install your child’s restraint according to manufacturer’s instructions ensures that your restraint is fitted and ensures that you are equipped with the skills and knowledge to use the restraint safely on a day to day basis.

Why are correctly fitted child restraints so important?

In Australia, transport related injury is the leading cause of death and second most frequent cause of hospitalisation in children aged 0-14 years. (AIHW: Henley & Harrison, 2009)

A correctly installed, fitted and used child car restraint can significantly reduce the risk of death or serious injury in road crashes.

**In 2010-2011, 425 children were involved in a car crash. 7% of children were unrestrained. Over 66% of unrestrained children were either killed or hospitalised as a result of a car crash. (Transport and Main Roads, 2011).

Once I’ve had my restraint installed by a professional does that mean I don’t have to worry about the restraint anymore?

Absolutely not! Having your restraint installed by a professional is such an important part of ensuring your child is safely restrained in the car, however the day to day use and checks that adults must do is just as important when ensuring your child is as safe as possible while travelling in the car.

Absolute Baby will coach you through the fitting and use of your restraint and provide you with the skills and knowledge to carry out these checks.

As children grow, so do their child restraint needs. Providing parents with the skills to ensure their child’s restraint grows with their child is part of the professional service we provide.

What is the law for Child Restraints?

All children up to the age of 7 MUST be properly fastened and adjusted Australian Standard (AS) approved child restraint suitable for their age and size.

Babies up to 6 months old must be in an approved rear-facing restraint that is properly fastened and adjusted.

We recommend babies stay in a rear-facing restraint for as long as their size allows.

Babies and children from 6 months and up to 4 years must be in an approved rear-facing child restraint or forward-facing child restraint with a built-in harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

We recommend babies and children stay in a rear-facing restraint for as long as their size allows.

Children aged 4 years and up to 7 years may be in an approved child restraint that is forward-facing with a built-in harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

They may also be in an approved booster seat secured with an adult lap-sash seatbelt.

We recommend children stay in a restraint with a built-in harness for as long as their size allows.

Children who are 7 years and over may sit on a vehicle seat with an adult seatbelt, or an approved booster seat secured with an adult lap-sash seatbelt.

Or, they may be in an approved child restraint that is forward-facing with a built-in harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

We recommend children remain in a restraint until they pass the 5-step-test (this may be at different ages for different children in different vehicles)

Front Seats

Cars with more than 1 row of seats:

  • Babies and children up to 4 years old must not sit in the front seat
  • Children aged 4 and up to 7 years can only sit in the front seat if all other seats are occupied by children under 7 years of age
  • Children 7 years and over can sit in the front seat.

Cars with only 1 row of seats (utilities ,vans etc):

  • Children of any age can sit in the front seat as long as they are properly restrained.
  • If a car has a passenger airbag, a rear-facing child restraint shouldn’t be used in the front seat if the restraint is positioned close to the airbag.

When travelling interstate, do they have the same laws?

Who is responsible for ensuring a child is restrained in an approved restraint?

Motor Vehicle drivers are responsible for ensuring all children aged under seven years of age are restrained in appropriate, standard approved restraints.

Penalties apply for failing to ensure all children are appropriately restrained for each unrestrained or incorrectly restrained child.

How do I Keep my child from getting out of his/her child restraints?

Firstly check that the harness shoulder height is correct (if the harness straps are 25mm below the child’s shoulder you need to move them up to the next level.)

In extreme cases as a last resort try the “Houdini Stop” product. Your child needs to learn that car travels without correct harness use is not an option.

Do child car restraints expire?

Child restraint manufacturers do not recommend the use of restraints that are over 10 years old. Why? The materials your older restraints are constructed with degrade. This degradation could impede the restraints abilities to perform when involved in a collision. Restraints also undergo major advances in technology & changes in standards so therefore will not have all the safety features as more current child restraint to meet the Australian Standard.

I have a restraint that is more than 10 years old can I still use it?

It is recommended by manufactured that restraints manufactured more than 10 years ago not be used.   Absolute Baby will not install restraints older than 10 years.

The date of manufacture will usually be included on a sticker on the plastic shell and imprinted on the back of the restraint’s plastic shell usually in the form of number dials. These can sometimes be a bit confusing to interpret but Absolute Baby can help.

Can we use child restraints from overseas?

By law, every child restraint sold in Australia must meet strict requirements, which are set out in Australian Standard AS/NZ 1754.  This covers materials, design, construction, performance, testing and labelling of child restraints.
All restraints used in Australia must carry the Australian Standard AS/NZ 1754 sticker. Most overseas child restraints, including restraints from countries such as the UK and USA, do not comply with these Standards and cannot legally be used in Australia.

Should I buy a second hand child restraint?

Knowing the history of a second hand or used restraint is extremely important. Visually a restraint can look to be in perfect condition but you may not be able to see damage within the plastic for example hairline fractures or stress marks.

If finances only allow the use of a second hand restraint please make sure you check the restraint is within the 10 years from the date of manufacture, is supplied with all parts that originally came with it including instruction manual and complies with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754:2013.

Recommendation: Only use a second hand child restraint from someone you know well and trust fully.

These recommendations are put in place to protect your child’s life, wellbeing and safety.

What if a car seat has been involved in an accident?

The Australian Standard for Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles, AS/NZS 1754:2013, requires manufacturers to include in their restraint instruction booklets the words:  “Destroy the restraint if it has been in a severe crash, even if no damage is visible”.  A severe crash is one where the body structure of the vehicle has been distorted.  Be sure to add your car seats to your car insurance to cover any replacement costs.

How do I know if my car has anchor points for a child car restraint?

The best way to check if your car has anchor points ready for a child car restraint installation is to check the car owner’s manual.  The index will list child car restraints and you can then check where the anchorage points are in your vehicle.  If in doubt it is recommended to call the vehicle manufacturer for anchorage point locations. (ensure you refer to the Australian Supplement if supplied)