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The top 8 things you need to know when choosing a car seat or capsule
Choosing the right car seat or capsule for your child is a crucial decision that directly impacts their safety during travel. With Australian law mandating specific guidelines for different age groups, it's essential for parents to be well-informed about the top considerations when selecting a child restraint system. In this article, we've compiled a comprehensive list of the top 8 things you need to know when choosing a car seat or capsule. From legal requirements and rear-facing safety recommendations to considerations based on your vehicle's size and the number of children you have, we've got you covered.
Whether you're a first-time parent or looking to upgrade your current car seat, this quick guide will help you make a well-informed decision on the right car seat or capsule that's right for your family.

 

1. Australian Law Guidelines

From ages 0 to 4 years, rear or forward-facing child restraints are mandatory. Children between 4 and 7 years must use forward-facing restraints or booster seats to comply with Australian law.

2. Prioritise Rear-Facing Safety

Many parts of the world recommend keeping infants and young children rear-facing until 4 years of age for optimal safety during travel. Consider choosing car seats that allow for extended rear-facing use.

3. Consider Car Size

If you drive a smaller car, opt for compact restraints that won’t compromise the legroom in the front seats. Ensure the car seat fits well within the confines of your vehicle for both safety and comfort.

4. Space for Multiple Children

Families with three children or a need to accommodate three car seats across the backseat should explore narrow restraint options. Look for car seats designed to fit three across for practical and safe transportation.

5. Correct Installation is Key

You don’t necessarily need a professional installer if you meticulously follow the provided instructions to correctly and securely install the restraint. Ensure a tight and proper installation to maximise the effectiveness of the car seat during a potential collision.

6. Second Car Consideration

If you have two cars, consider buying multiple child restraints or an extra capsule base for your second car. This ensures that your child is always secure, regardless of the vehicle they are travelling in.

7. Clarification on ISO-FIX Installation

Contrary to a widespread misconception, ISO-FIX installation isn’t inherently safer than other methods. Both installation options, including seatbelt installation, are equally safe if done correctly.

8. Maximum Height Safety

It’s essential to move your child out of the restraint as soon as they reach the maximum height indicator. A restraint is more likely to fail during a crash if the child has outgrown the seat, emphasizing the importance of following height guidelines for safety.


If you want to learn more about all the different types of car seats and capsules on the market, you can refer to our comprehensive guide here.

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0-6 months car capsules

Portable capsules that can be easily removed from the car and attached to your pram, allowing you to transport your baby without disturbing them from newborn to 6 months.

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0-12 months car capsules

Portable capsules that can be easily removed from the car and attached to your pram, allowing you to transport your baby without disturbing them from newborn to 12 months.

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0-4 convertible car seats

Suitable for infants and young children. These seats offer the flexibility to rear-face until 30 months and forward-face until 4 years of ages.

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0-8 convertible car seats

An all-in-one seat from newborn to 8 years. Rear facing until 30 months and forward-facing until 8 years.

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4-8yr booster seats

An unharnessed, forward-facing restraint that uses the car’s seatbelt. Designed for older kids from 4 years until they outgrow the need for a restraint.

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