In a crash, a rear-facing car seat provides vital support to a child's head, neck and spine. It's that simple. Let's expand on this to understand it further. Most Common Crash Point Working with statistics, we know that the majority of crashes take place at the front of the vehicle. … [Read more...] about Why is a rear-facing car seat safer than forward-facing?
Choosing the safest newborn car seat for your new baby is vital. But how do you know which newborn car seat is the safest? Let's look at what to consider when making this important decision. Types of Newborn Car Seats There are two types of child restraints that are appropriate for a … [Read more...] about Which type of newborn car seat should you choose?
Checking that your child restraint is still installed after you have had a warrant of fitness is something you should do every time. Does a WOF inspector have to move a child restraint? As part of completing a WOF, an inspector is required to test the vehicle belts. To do this they need to … [Read more...] about Why should you always check your child restraint is still installed following a WOF?
As a child gets older and their legs get longer, they need to bend their legs to continue to fit in a rear-facing seat. As a result, the following is a common question from parents, "Is my child uncomfortable having to bend their legs in a rear-facing seat?" Put simply, the answer is, no. … [Read more...] about A child has bent legs in a rear-facing car seat. Is this uncomfortable?
The foundation of New Zealand car seat law is that any child up until their 7th birthday must be in an appropriate child restraint. There are some additional clauses that expand on this and some exceptions to the law which are set out as NZ child restraint legislation in the Transport Act 1998 and … [Read more...] about NZ Child Restraint Legislation – Part 7 of Land Transport Road User Rule
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