I can now confidently install my son's seat, but it has a simple belt path and I have auto locking seatbelts so that makes it easier than having to use a gated buckle to lock the belt. I have a very reputable fitter who will check seats for free and he gave me the thumbs up. But any new seats I will take to him and have him install it first and show me how it's done. Then if I install it myself I will take it for him to check so I'm confident I have it correct. I think everybody that uses a car seat in their car should learn how to install it correctly because you never know when you'll need to do it. So while I agree that people should have a seat installed professionally if they are unsure, they should find a fitter that will show them how to do it themselves and how to use the seat correctly.
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14-02-2016 06:51 #221
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14-02-2016 08:10 #222
14-02-2016 08:50 #223
It's not practical to have an installer refit a seat each time it's taken out of the car. I have an isofix seat and read the instruction manual carefully and am confident the seat is installed correctly.
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14-02-2016 09:18 #224
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I have never had to regularly move my children's restraints and if I did, I would buy an extra seat and put it in the car that needed it.
Might not be "practical" but when it comes to my children's safety, I do what is the safest. I don't feel confident installing the seats myself and neither does my husband so we go to an approved fitter listed on RMS website.
The RACV states that 70% are not installed correctly and that this is the case because majority of parents think they can do it themselves when they can't. It is a skilled task.
So if you're one of the parents who is qualified to fit your child's seat or you get it checked by an approved fitter then your restraint is probably one of the 30% of seats that are installed correctly and my post doesn't apply to you!
However, I do find it interesting that people are going on about their $700 seat with extra safety features etc. when it would be useless if it's not installed properly.
14-02-2016 10:15 #225
That's fantastic that you get your seats professionally installed when you don't feel confident about it yourself. More people should do it. But other people do feel confident and get it right. And other people just don't care either way and probably don't even read the manual.
I've got a friend who's son vomits nearly every time she drives. She can't not go out or pay for a fitter multiple times per week. I've lost count of how many times she's arrived here and I've pulled the restraint out to wash covers and either her or I have reinstalled it. Fitters aren't always available and in some places aren't easily found.
14-02-2016 10:19 #226Senior Member
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I definitely want to learn how to install my own seat correctly. You never know when you might need that skill.
When I had mine installed I watched what the fitter did, read the manual, and watched YouTube videos. Next time when I plan to do it myself I'll get it double checked by a fitter before I use it then I'm good to go.
A friend told me the other day about how she broke down in the middle of nowhere with her baby. Her mum had to come and rescue them and put the car seat in her car, so it's lucky that she knew how to install it safely herself.
14-02-2016 10:31 #227
They come with a manual for a reason! I followed the manual step by step and the britax installation video online and triple checked everything. Its not rocket science as a pp said.
Some people are very blase' when it comes to car safety, loose harness, twisted straps, seat not secured firmly and moving around on car seat, or no seat at all...these would be the reasons for not being installed properly as the installation itself is relatively easy.
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14-02-2016 14:41 #228
I've also seen an installer do it incredibly loose. I'm sure most are great, but I am more than capable of doing it myself. I have 3 car seats across and take them out to adjust heights and clean underneath them. Omg I would spend my life at the fitters otherwise.
I believe it's vital everyone KNOWS how to install it themselves even if they opt to have a professional do it.
14-02-2016 15:10 #229
14-02-2016 17:58 #230
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BigRed, I genuinely think it'd be almost impossible to install our current seat incorrectly if you read the manual and follow Britax's videos. It's literally just 'push and click.' The seat does not wiggle, it's in there firmly, I'm obviously the type of person that will double check multiple times. Some ISOFIX seats actually light up and beep once installed correctly. There are no other hooks, rods, anything, in the vicinity of our ISOFIX that the seat could click to mistakenly. The support leg pulls down and angles and when it's in the right position it turns green. That's genuinely it, I'm incredibly confident the seat is installed correctly and that my child is as safe as I can make him.
We didn't have a car DS' first 10 months of life so needed to move his car seat between rental cars and taxis regularly, that's impossible to have it professionally fitted every time. But again we read the manual and watched Britax's videos on how to use his capsule correctly.
There are many people who just don't care, or think how their child is strapped in is not that big of a deal as long as they are using a seat. I don't let MIL buckle DS in because she never does it tight enough and just doesn't seem bothered. She was a pediatric nurse. Some people are genuinely blasé about the whole topic. Don't get me started on SIL's car seat use.
Please don't insult those of us who have obviously genuinely done our research in our child's car seat safety. If you're not confident installing your children's seats then more power to you for taking the initiative to do it professionally every time, but some of us are confident.
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