When installing a child restraint, there are two methods available for installation. You can install using either the vehicle seat belt or a system using lower anchor bars in the vehicle. There are two names for this system in New Zealand, ISOFIX or LATCH. The name used will depend … [Read more...] about ISOFIX or LATCH – Understanding Lower Anchors for Installing Child Restraints
Archives for August 2019
How to Read a Child Restraint’s Manufacture Date Stamp The majority of child restraints will have car seat date stamp on their shell showing its date of manufacture and/or expiry date. The location will vary, you may need to look closely for these. This article will teach you how to … [Read more...] about How to Read a Car Seat Date Stamp
Child restraints expire, they cannot be used forever. In this article, we'll help you understand the importance of car seat expiry dates and why they exist. If you have an expired seat and are not sure how to dispose of it, there is an organisation in New Zealand, called SeatSmart, who do this … [Read more...] about Car Seat Expiry Dates
NZ Car Seat Law If you have read our article, “NZ Car Seat Law - Simplified”, you will know that car seat law in NZ is quite simple. To understand when your child can travel safely without a booster seat, we’re going to work with the clearest part of the law, that any child under 7 years … [Read more...] about When can a child travel safely without a booster seat? Take the 5 Step Test.
The New Zealand Rental Vehicle Association was very generous in giving me 30 minutes to speak at their 2019 conference in Auckland in July on the subject of “Improving the Use of Child Restraints in the Rental Vehicle Industry”. Having this time to speak in front of a captive audience of rental … [Read more...] about 4 Simple Tips to Improve Use of Child Restraints in the Rental Vehicle Industry
All child restraints sold or used in New Zealand have to be manufactured to a standard that complies with our minimum safety standards for car seats. These are called car seat safety standards. A car seat safety standard is displayed as a sticker or label on the shell of the restraint. To … [Read more...] about Understanding NZ Car Seat Safety Standards