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Accessories - Parts that come with your car seat or that can be added on. Not all accessories are compatible with all car seats, check with your car seat manufacturer first. 

Air bag - A device that inflates during a car accident to reduce injuries to passengers. Never place a rear facing child seat in a vehicle seat with an air bag, serious injury or death may occur.

Angle - The necessary rear facing recline for young infants is 45 degrees. Older infants can be reclined up to 30 degrees.

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Baby City - Retailer. Sellers of Safe-n-Sound, Phil & Ted's, Evenflo and more, child restraints. www.babycity.co.nz

Baby Factory - Retailer. Sellers of Safe-n-Sound, Phil & Ted's, Evenflo and more, child restraints. www.babyfactory.co.nz

Babylove - Car seat manufacturer. Babylove offer AU/NZ "5 Tick" standard seats for sale in New Zealand and Australia. These seats have a 10 year life span. They offer a capsule for sale in Australia and convertible restraints for sale in New Zealand though Kmart.

Baby Trend- Car seat manufacturer. Baby Trend car seats meet New Zealand standards. NZ "S". They have a life span of 6 years. Baby Trend currently offer one type of car seat (capsule) for sale in New Zealand. Planet Fun import these seats. www.babytrend.com

Base - A unit placed on your vehicle seat, fitted with the vehicle seat belt. The infant car seat is then placed on top of the base and is locked into place during travel. A clip is lifted on the rear of the seat to remove the car seat from the base. No re-belting is required between journeys. This feature is only available on some infant capsules sold in New Zealand.

Belt - [Seat Belt, Vehicle seat belt] Webbing used to restrain a child seat to the car, or to restrain an adult in the vehicle seat.

Booster seat - A car seat used for older children weighing a minimum of 14kgs. Can be used with a child harness or a vehicle seat belt. Combined booster seats have a harness fitted for children 9 - 18kgs (20 - 40lb), these are then used with the vehicle seat belt.

Britax - Car seat manufacturer. Britax/ Safe-n-Sound seats are sold in New Zealand and Australia and meet AS/NZS 1754 "5 tick" standard. www.britax.com.au 

Buckle - Portion of a car seat or vehicle belt that connects the belt together [female end]. Associated with a "click" sound. To clean a car seat buckle that sticks or is dirty refer to clean & store

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Capsule - A rear facing car seat for infants under 9kgs (20lb) (other models 12 or 13kgs (26 or 29lb)). Also referred to as a "bucket" or infant seat. Rocking base. Must face the back of the car.

Chest clip - A clip that joins the shoulder straps of the car seat together. The clips rests on the child's chest area, at armpit level.

Child safety harness - A harness used for a child weighing 14 - 32kgs (31lb to 70.5lb). Can be used with or without a booster seat. Attaches to a tether bolt in your vehicle for added safety, (cannot be used without the tether bolt).

Cleaning - Never use harsh chemicals when cleaning your child's car seat. Always follow manufacturers cleaning instructions.

Combined booster - This a car seat and booster seat in one. The harness is used until the child is 18kgs (40lb) and then the adult belt or child safety harness (where permitted) is used until the maximum weight of the booster, in New Zealand or Australia this is often 26kgs (57lb).

Contact Us - Contact information for New Zealand Child Restraints.

Convertible - Car seats designed for use from birth to 18kgs.
Rear facing from birth to 12kg's and forward facing from a minimum of 9kg's.
Some convertible car seats only rear face until 9kgs, aim for 12kgs minimum where possible.

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Disposing of - An explanation on how to safely dispose of an expired or damaged car seat to stop other people from using them. This assists people when throwing seats out on the inorganic rubbish piles. More information here.

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Evenflo - American car seat brand sold in New Zealand www.evenflo.com

Exactus - Manufacturers of a heavy duty, easy to use, bright blue locking clip for use with a lap/sash vehicle seat belt. www.exactus.co.nz

Expired - [expiry]  Once a car seat has passed its life span (5 - 10 years depending on seat) it is an expired car seat. While the seat may still look good It is best to dispose of it, but make sure it cannot be picked up and used again.

Eye level - The eye level refers to how to tell when your child has out grown their toddler/convertible car seat. Once their eyes are level with the top sides of the car seat it is time to move them on to a booster seat. With infants it is time to change once the top of their head is level with the top of the car seat. The child may have out grown their car seat also based on weight before height. Check your car seat manual for more information.

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Features - Specific aspects of your child's car seat. Some are cosmetic; others are a part of the standards. The tether strap is a feature, and where attached should always be used. That means having it clipped to a tether bolt at all times.

Farmers - A retailer in New Zealand selling car seats and other child related products. www.farmers.co.nz

Forward Facing - For children over 12 months only, facing the front of the car. It is recommended to start forward facing only once your child is over 12kgs and 12 months of age. The longer your child is rear faced the better for their neck and spine during an accident.

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Go Safe - Car seat manufacturer. Bertini, Mother's Choice, Babywise and Go Safe car seats sold in New Zealand and Australia. www.igc.com.au

Graco - Car seat manufacturer. Sold through Baby on the Move. www.babyonthemove.co.nz

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Harness - Webbing used in car seats as a seat belt to restrain the child. Identical to that used in vehicles. A thinner width is used for children's car seats.

Harness clip - A clip that helps keep the shoulder straps on the child's shoulders. To be positioned in line with the child's arm pit. This is NOT a feature of Australian or UK standard car seats.

Hipod- Car seat made by Safe-n-Sound in both New Zealand and Australia. A more affordable option compared to other Safe-n-Sound branded car seats. www.hipod.com.au

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IGC - Car seat manufacturer. Bertini, Mother's Choice, Babywise and Go Safe car seats sold in New Zealand and Australia. www.igc.com.au

Infant seat - [capsule] Car seats designed to restrain any infant under 12kgs (26lb) in a rear facing position. Some infant seats only take a maximum weight of 9kgs (20lb), from this point continue rear facing using a convertible or toddler car seat .

Installing - The correct way to install your child's car seat depending on the child's age and weight for best results Always have a Safe2Go technician check and correct/confirm your car seat installation.

Isofix - [LATCH] An attachment system used on car seats to correctly attach the seat to the car. Restraining the lower portion of the seat. Some Isofix seats have removable bases, others are fixed and some have an extendable foot to reduce movement and rebound in an accident. Check your instruction and vehicle manual for more details and locations.

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Kidspot - An informative web site promoting businesses and services relating to children and their family. Cover many topics.
Kidspot has been great help and support to New Zealand Child Restraints and will hopefully continue to be for Safety Central. www.kidspot.co.nz

Klippan - Car seat manufacturer. Belt webbing products, including child safety harnesses.

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Lap belt - A vehicle belt that restrains the lower, lap only, portion of a person. It is not recommended to use the centre lap belt with adults or children, only use then with child restraints. Where a child must use this seat and is not in a car seat use a child safety harness with a child weighing 14-32kgs (31 to 70.5lb).

Lap/sash belt - Lap/sash refers to the 3 point style belts used in vehicles for most passengers. The sash is the portion that covers the body and chest, the lap portion restrains the hips and lower body.

LATCH - [ISOfix] - Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren - Similar to the function of the top tether, used to restrain the lower portion of the car seat. Reduces misuse with car seat installation. Not all cars have LATCH points to attach to. LATCH is not available on al child restraints.

Links - A page of connections to other web sites and resources that relate to children's safety and well-being. May be useful to parents and caregivers.

Locking clip - A metal clip used to keep belts tight and in place during regular use it also acts as a pre-tensioner during an accident before the vehicles seat belt locks function.

LTSA - [Land Transport New Zealand] - NZ's road representative for passenger safety. Processing of vehicle compliance, Warrant of Fitness and passenger laws for safety on our roads.

Land Transport New Zealand - [LTSA] - New Zealand's road representative for passenger safety. Processing vehicle compliance, Warrant of Fitness and passenger laws for safety on our roads.

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Manufacturer - The company that creates, makes and distributes car seats.

Maternity belt - A seat belt designed for expectant mother's that helps to keep the lap portion of the belt down under the belly preventing injury or foetal loss during an accident.

Mother's Choice - Car seat manufacture. Australian standard car seats sold here in New Zealand. www.igc.com.au

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News - Keeping you in touch with the recent news events relating to car seats and children's well being in vehicles and on New Zealand roads.

New Zealand Child Restraints - [NZCR] - Creator of Safety Central and NZ Child Restraints. Registered charitable entity (March 2007). Safe2Go technician and first aid certificate holder since February 2006. Product research and hands on experience of child restraints for approximately the past 10 years.

Noodles - [Pool noodles] - Medium/hard foam rolls used to correctly position rear facing car seats at the required infant recline angle of 45° (degrees). Also can be used to fill spaces in sunken vehicle seats (sports cars).

NZCR - [NZ Child Restraints] - Creator of Safety Central & NZ Child Restraints. Registered charitable entity (March 2007). Safe2Go technician and first aid certificate holder since Feb. 2006. Product research and hands on experience of child restraints for approximately the past 10 years.

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Plunket - Plunket hires out car seats for children and have short term and long term hire. Prices depend on family income and other personal reasons. www.plunket.org.nz

Positioning - The placement arrangement in which your child/ren should be placed in the car to maximise their safety.

Pregnant women - Information for expectant women on how to correctly wear your seat belt to protect yourself and your unborn baby.

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Rear facing - Most recommended for infants under 12kgs (20lb) and 12 months, must face out the back window, and be placed in the rear seat of the car, NOT near air bags.

Recaro - Car seat manufacturer. A well reputed company who make both Recaro vehicle seats and Recaro child car seats. www.recaro.com

Repco - Retailer. Stockist of car parts and accessories including car seats and sun shades. www.repco.co.nz

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Safe2Go - A training organisation who trains New Zealanders to promote and advise parents and caregivers on correct child restraint use, and checks car seat installations. www.safe2go.co.nz

Safe-n-Sound - Car seat manufacturer. A manufacturing company making Safe-n-Sound and Hipod car seats. www.safensound.com.au

Safety Standards - A list of the standards (on car seats) accepted for use in New Zealand. Currently only 3 countries standards are accepted in New Zealand. AS/NZS 1754, NZS 1754 and UK 44.03 standards - We do not accept other countries.

Safety tips - Tips to help make travel easier and keep children happy during the duration of the journey.

Second hand seats - Car seats that have been previously used by another child or family or rented out to various people.

Side facing seat - No car seat sold in or meeting standards accepted in NZ are to be used on vehicle seats that face the side or rear of the vehicle. 
All vehicle seats MUST face the front of the car, and restraints placed rear or forward depending on child's weight on these seats.

Site map - An easy to use map of what is contained within this site.

Snap-n-Go - A set of wheels that can have an infant capsule strapped into it without distracting your baby while sleeping and saves having to take your child out of the capsule.

Standards - A list of the standards (on car seats) accepted for use in New Zealand. Currently only 3 countries standards are accepted in New Zealand. AS/NZS 1754, NZS 1754 and UK 44.03 standards - We do not accept other countries.

Storing - Tips on how to store your child's car seat when not in use to prevent damage and wear to the seat.

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Tas Baby - [Evenflo] An importing company who import Evenflo car seats for sale in stores. www.tasbaby.co.nz

Tether strap - A webbing strap coming out of the rear of the car seat to improve head protection to your child when in use. Some car seats can also have a tether used while rear facing, dual straps only.

Toddler seat - A car seat designed for toddlers, also known as a "convertible" or "forward facing only" car seat. Weight limits range from 9 - 18kgs (20 - 40lb). It is recommended to keep your child rear facing until they reach the maximum rear facing weight limit.

Tongs - The clips that engage with the buckle to restrain your child - all car seats will have 2 tongs, one on each strap.

Thank you to - Appreciation and acknowledgement to the companies who have helped us along in our venture to make this web site.

The Warehouse - Retailer. New Zealand retailer of IGC "Babywise" branded car seats, range includes infant capsule, convertible car seat, full and half booster seats. www.thewarehouse.co.nz

Trademe - An online auction site for sale and exchange of goods within New Zealand. www.trademe.co.nz

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Vita - Car seat manufacturer. Vita booster seats and other baby products sold at The Warehouse, Farmers and Baby City. www.vita.co.nz

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Warehouse, The - Retailer. New Zealand retailer IGC Babywise and Mother's Choice branded car seats, range includes infant capsule, convertible car seat, full and half booster seats. www.thewarehouse.co.nz

Weight - Weight relates to the kilogram kg (or pound lb) measurements of your infant/toddler or child, in relation to the type of car seat best suited to their developmental and body needs. An example of this is a capsule/rear facing car seat is suited to an infant under 12 months of age due to the development of the neck and spine.

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