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
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