There is a good installer on the fb page, and heaps of others with up to date expert knowledge, they do continuous education and will be able to advise you. I'd be concerned too. They should only be able to move 2cm apparently but I've tightened mine enough to get zero movement around the base then only the top of the seat moves because the plastic just does a bit but all in all there is no movement. When I've had sits fitted professionally there's been movement or incorrect recline. I do my own now after researching the whole thing to the nth degree. Unfortunately oz has specific seat requirements which the rest of the world doesn't so there isn't much choice in seats for us as there's not enough market for os manufacturers to bother with oz requests. The fb page will certainly help you to purchase your next seat too
The first installer we went to was useless, the car seat wobbled a fair bit. We went to a very good local one (pearces child restraints) and after they reinstalled it, it was like it was built in, if you shake the seat, the whole car will shake. No wiggle at all
Ok thats a little concerning that your seats dont move at all. I seriously would have thought Queensland Ambulance Service shoukd know how to install the seats correctly though.
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I found the capsule we rented (Safe n sound Unity) took up more space in our small hatchback than the safe n sound compaq we replaced it with. I suggest going to a baby shop and asking what is their most compact car seat. Ask if you can test it out in your car.
DD was tall so she outgrew the capsule and was more comfortable in the Compaq, which can be used in both reverse and forward facing.
It was still squishy for front passengers but DH is 6'2 and we managed ok.
Heartstringz are you tightening the top tether strap? That should reduce movement. From memory our hired safe n sound capsule barely moved at all.
My front passenger seat has hardly been used for 2 years I always sit in the back behind the drivers seat or I'm in the drivers seat. DS is still rear facing at nearly 2. He's just at the shoulder marker to turn forward now.
I have DS rear facing in a safe n sound compaq and it is slightly smaller than the hired capsule, giving a bit more space in the front. It's still not comfortable to sit in the front passenger seat though.
ETA I have a Mazda 2
We have an Infa Secure and it was in our Barina for 6 months as we'd hired a capsule for our other car. It fit fine. Was able to have me or hubby in the passenger seat easy.
As pp's have said, I'd take your car to a baby shop and try some to see what fits best.
Our seat does not budge at all. I would be concerned if you are getting that much movement. Friends of ours had theirs "professionally installed" by a licences installer and it was completely unsafe, wobbled like crazy and was not at the right angle. They had to get it redone elsewhere. Unfortunately just because an organisation should be able to do it properly doesn't mean they do
thanks ladies! I'm going to adjust the tether strap today & see if that will stop the movement, and if not I'll look into getting it's installation checked by someone.
Edit: just tightened the tether strap & I can still wobble it at the top with very little effort. It seems a bit better than before though. Not sure how tight the tether strap should be though, the instructions just say 'firm'
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