Before You Start

Things you should know / getting the best install...

Instruction Manual:
Always read the instruction manual for your child restraint. For a car seat to perform correctly in an accident it needs to be installed and used correctly all the time. You should practice installing the seat into each car that the seat may be used in and know how to swap it between cars so you can use it correctly in any car.

Not all seats fit all cars:
Just like car seats, cars are also made by different manufacturers, and the design can vary year to year.

Some vehicles have humps on the centre seat, centre foot well and may have a pull down arm rest, even a split rear seat back, in most cases car seats cannot be installed in this position. Check your restraint manual and if it does not say not to then try the seat for fit as not all car seats will sit well on the hump or against the arm rest and the tether strap may fall into the gap where the seat is split.

Know your car:
It is good to know what seat belt types are fitted to your car and whether or not the seat belts are long enough for your car seat to fit securely.
If you are using more than one seat in the car it is a good idea to check that all the seats will fit.

Using the front seat:
The front seat should not be used unless all seating positions in the rear seat are used and only then should the oldest child travel in the front seat with the vehicle seat pushed back as far as it can go. A rear facing child seat should never be placed in the front seat especially one fitted with an airbag.

Things you may need:
When installing a car seat in your car you may need additional items not sold with your car seat.

A Locking Clip - A locking clip is used on seat belts that only lock under force (such as a sudden stop) and prevent any slack once your seat is installed.

A towel - A beach towel is best. A rolled up towel can be used under your car seat to "pack" any gaps, and may improve your install.

Buckle up:
Always check that seat belt restraining the car seat is buckled up and that the tether strap is attached. Other passengers and vehicle users may undo these. When your car has a WOF always check that the seat belts have not been undone, don't expect the staff to tell you if they have undone them. Periodically check that the seat belt and tether strap are still tightly installed also.

Quick Tips:

    !!Never leave the tether strap/hook hanging freely on your child's car seat the hook could strike your child during an accident and cause major injury.

    !!Always use the tether point/bolt directly behind your child's seat. Using a bolt that is not behind the seat could cause the seat to tip over during an accident or sudden stop and could injure your child.

    !!When buying an extension strap for your child's seat if the tether is too short purchase a 300 mm strap first. There are very few situations when more length is needed.

    !!If you own a hatch back and the centre seat has a split between the rear seats you must not place a tethered seat, or child harness in this position. Please ensure your seat and tether bolt is on the right or left hand side of the rear seat. (Behind the driver (right) is the safest position).

Use the links below to find out more:

| Knowing the type will help achieve a correct install
| Find out what one is and how to use it
| Find out what to do with the tether strap and bolt
| Find out what to do with the tether bolt
| Lower tether system to use in place of the seat belt
| External link to technicians list by area
| Why wont my seat install correctly? Help!