Installation of Baby Car Seats done incorrectly

Child restraints are the safest way for ensuring your baby is secure and comfortable in the car, however many parents try to fit the baby car seat themselves resulting in the incorrect installation of baby car seat.

“Safety first“ is “safety always.” So get the best car seat that is easy to use, because your child’s safety is the most important cargo you will ever carry in your car.

In case of incorrect installation of baby car seats, the majority of issues revolve around the use of baby car seat by parents. Parents or guardians should call a Professional and Accredited mobile car seat fitting expert to their home or workplace to ensure that their restraints installed correctly by an expert.

Professional car seat Fitting

Do not select a mechanic or a new franchise to install your baby car seat for your child as it is not their main profession. TravelSafe baby Capsule fitters are Professional child restraint experts; only install baby car seats and capsules as their profession.

Research shows that  incorrect use of baby car seats by parents  is likely to have significantly increase injury risk by approximately seventy percent.

Travel Safe started out providing and installing car seats, but have since expanded our mobile services to provide Baby Capsule Hire and Baby Car Seat Hire for either short term (from 1 week onwards) or for long term hire (12 months plus). After the Hire period, you can extend the hire for only $5 per week for as long as you need the capsule

Only a mobile baby car seat fitter has the time and experience required to demonstrate to you how the seat works, the issues associated with the seat and how to overcome them; allowing you time to experience the use of the bay car seat.  Travel Safe car seat fitter is available and to ask any questions you may have and answer you questions in an easy to understand manner.

Mistakes parents make baby car seats

A bay car seat can be incorrectly used in multiple ways simultaneously

Loose Harness

mistakes parents make baby car seats

The correct tension on the harness should be such that you cannot do the pinch test on the harness. A loose harness will allow the child to wriggle their arms out of the harness.

Some parents do not tighten the harness sufficiently; which is a recipe for disaster. As carers for our children, we need to understand the consequences of these errors.

Incorrect harness height

The incorrect harness height can is more problematic when there is a manual adjustment of the harness to next harness slot. An Easy adjust harness minimises this error.

Twisted Harness

The twisted harness will create a pressure point on your child leading to increased bruising.

The twisting can be caused by not loosening the harness off fully when taking the child out of the harness and when putting them in.

Some older seats have very thin webbing leading to increased twisting

mistakes parents make - twisted harness
Thick Clothing
Safety tip thick clothing

Before you place your child into the baby car seat harness, you need to remove any thick clothing such as puffer jackets.

Thick clothing will prevent you from tightening the harness fully. It will feel tight, however under braking the tick clothing will compress leading to a more violent impact for the child when you do not remove thick clothing

Booster seat errors

When using a booster seat; the lap belt improperly placed or loose are dangerous risks as well as not using the anti submarine clip when it is provided. These issues are often overlooked but all these issues impact your child’s safety.

Baby Car seat laws

Different states have different laws governing the use of child restraints. If these rules are broken, they come with penalties for incorrectly securing a child.

Best Practice Baby Car Seats

Best practice recommends the use of an appropriate child restraint until your child is eleven years of age; or until the child is approximately 145 cm tall. The sash of the seat belt must comes across the collar bone and body of the shoulder; and the lap section of the seat belt is firmly across the hips.

Approved Child Restraints

All restraints must meet the approved Australian standard. It is not allowed to use American Standard seats, European standard seats or New Zealand approved standards. The Australian standard is more rigorous than either the American or European Standard. As such The Australian Standard is a better and safer standard. However having a safe seat is only just the start; as carers for our children. We need to ensure the correct installation of baby car seats; and ensure we know how to use the baby car seat correctly, through a Professional baby car seat fitter.

Online Car seat Sales

When you are purchasing a baby car seat online, there is no regulating body to ensure that the seats on sale in Australia, actually comply to meet Australian standard. A quick check online will show a number of sellers selling booster cushions, which have not been sold in baby shops for over 8 years as they latest standards stipulate untethered boosters must weigh under 2kg with side and head protection. Manufacturers in China offering their products to Australians via google ads which have not been approved or tested to Australian Standards.

Anthony the founder of TravelSafe Capsule hire, through his mobile baby car seat fitting service; has installed over 14000 baby car-seats; as capsules, convertible boosters, convertible car seats in a variety of cars, SUV’s, Dual Cabs and Min Vans.

TravelSafe in Melbourne began as the specialists in baby car seat fitting; now Melbourne locals can access our range of accredited services; from baby capsule hire, baby car seat hire and baby car seat installation. In conclusion when you want to know more about any of our products or services? Call Anthony on 0466 99 7233.