I'll go do some reading on the subject now :)
I'll go do some reading on the subject now :)
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Updated the first post with some info about the new Aus standards currently being worked on.
Hi, thanks for this info. My children are 15, 9 and 7 (8 in Oct). Am I right in thinking the younger ones just need booster seats?
Sit on boosters without a back I'd personally never use at any age as a child can slide out from under them under braking/impact and also sneak arms out the seatbelt too easily. They have been phased out by most car seat makers these days.
Thanks Snifter for all the info!
I am a Family Daycare Provider and therefore like all people transporting children it is imperative that they are using the correct size car seat as well as the 'fitting' of it!
When I came to Adelaide 5 years ago I went to the RAA and went on a training course to learn about Australian car seats.... even though I had a full understanding of car seats back in the UK as I was doing the job there for the past 15 years. What I found different was the 'Anchor Points' which I think is brilliant -so secure once fitted correctly ofcourse. Secondly 'rear facing' under 6 mths... all my under ones ALL sit in rear facing, it has proven that this position is far safer as Snifter has stated. I have four children a day and go out every day and always have a child under 18mths who will always sit rear facing....
I never like to swap round my seats as they are checked and refitted if necessary every 6 months by a superb gentleman called 'Robyn' at the RAA at Richmond. If anyone is concerned please call the RAA and they will advice and fit your car seat/s even though you have not bought them from there FREE of charge. I would recommend every parent to do this - you will be surprised how many incorrect car seats that are out there that are being used.....
BTW you have to make an app for this service!
News update re changes to car seat standards http://infasecure.com.au/news/2013-a...dard-revision/
Please note the part where it informs that using Isofix cars seats from other countries will still be illegal (as are all car seats imported and not tested to Aus standards and approved).
2013 Australian Standard Revision
Posted By: Tom .
7th June 2013
Today, a revision to the Australian Standard for Child Restraints in Vehicles was published. The standard dictates how and what manufacturers are able to build and sell on the Australian market. It includes the following significant changes to the standard;
- The provision for longer use of rearward facing restraints.
- The provision for longer in-built harness use in forward facing restraints.
- The provision for longer use of booster seats.
- The provision for ISOFix-compatible lower attachment connectors.
InfaSecure views these changes as extremely positive, and look forward to developing new types of restraints to better cater to Australian and New Zealand parents and children.
There are a few important clarifications that should be considered in view of the provision for ISOFix;
- The provision for ISOFix does not mean that existing ISOFix restraints from other countries are automatically certified for use. None of the existing ISOFix restraints have been certified, and thus remain illegal to use.
- The revision makes provision for ISOFix in Type A (Rearward Facing), Type B (Forward Facing with in-built harness) and combination Type A/B Convertibles (Rearward / Forward Facing with in-built harness). Type E (Booster seats) and combination Type B/E (Forward Facing with in-built harness / Booster seat) will not be available with lower attachment connectors under the 2013 revision.
- ISOFix compatible seats certified to the Australian Standard will continue to require the use of the top tether strap.
- ISOFix compatible seats will only sit two across the back seat of vehicles, as there are only two sets of attachment clips in most vehicles.
Last edited by snifter; 07-06-2013 at 06:53 AM.
Ah, this would have made great reading before asking our baby to Adelaide for her first visit. I had several discussions with Maxi Cosi and other EU manufacturers to try and understand the difference between some of their baby seats. In many cases t sounded like the only difference was an Australian standards sticker, but without that sticker the seat is illegal.
I had an interesting discussion with a car seat technician at the baby show and he explained to me that isofix numbers looked good because the click in base was easier to use than seatbelt, hence a better chance it was installed correctly, hence fewer injuries....
what it means for me is leaving the maxi cosi in the uk and starting again in Australia, but bringing all the bits and bobs just in case they fit the Aussie models, and trying not have minor heart failure when having to pay through the nose in Australia
There are differences. Aus standards tests for side impact which I am not sure EU/UK does. Also the top tether is used in all Aus car seats. Plus some other things.
Iirc Maxi Cosi doesn't fare so well in Aus standards compared to some other seats.
Last edited by snifter; 06-08-2013 at 09:42 PM.
After a year of being unhappy with the high back booster we bought from Toys R US when we arrived I finally went and spent the money ($298!) on a Britax/Safe & Sound Encore 10 for our 8 year old. It has great adjustability, speakers in the headrests.... and best of all should see her till she's at least 10; the first one I've found here in Australia, most say up to 8.
Flossybeth - they have only recently begun making high back boosters to last till 10 or so. Law only covers till 7-8 in Aus so companies only made to that limit. There has been a demand in more recent times for options past this age like in the UK/EU (where its 12 or a certain height) and Safe n Sound (Britax in UK) responded well. They already had similar seats elsewhere so were quick to come out with a design.
I plan on getting the same or similar once we arrive. Am annoyed they charge so much for them when the same seat here or one very much like it costs as little as £50. I guess its things like the speakers which bump the cost. I'll look at ones without those in to bring the price down.
Last edited by snifter; 07-08-2013 at 06:51 AM.