Car Seats are safe with Air Protect™ Technology
Our car seats are safe with Air Protect™ Technology, a world leading global technology designed with superior safety and comfort in mind. Air Protect™ patented technology has redefined the meaning of side impact protection for our little ones. The safety of your child is our top priority, but so is your child’s comfort. The unique design acts like a soft cushion to absorb side impact crash forces, transferring the energy away from your child’s head.
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How Air Protect™ works
Air Protect™ is designed to reduce the severity of side impact crash forces by absorbing the energy and transferring that energy away from your child’s head. Air Protect™ does this by extending ride-down time. This is the amount of time it takes to slow a child’s movement in a crash. By extending ride-down time, Air Protect™ creates a slower, softer landing.
Why is a side impact crash more dangerous for your child?
Your child’s head and chest are extremely vulnerable to injury. In a side impact car crash, there is very little space between the car door to the occupant sitting in the vehicle. All vehicles have been designed with front and back crumple zones but on a side impact there is hardly any space for car manufacturers to design in these “crumple zones.” This increases the chances of the impact to be more severe.
Child car seat safety: The laws in Australia
It's important to know what's what when it comes to the correct age, height and weight requirements for each child car seat. Keep in mind that children grow at different rates and that the age brackets are there to guide you. Also, laws may differ between states and territories in Australia, so contact your local authority to find out more information.
- From ages 0 - 6 months, children must travel in a rear facing car seat.
- From ages 6 months - 4 years, children must use either a rearward facing car seat or a forward facing car seat with an inbuilt restraint harness.
- From ages 4 - 7 years or when they reach 145cm tall, children must use a forward facing car seat with an in built harness or a booster seat.
Types of child restraints available at Maxi-Cosi
All of our baby car seats are equipped with our patented Air Protect Technology and are able to be fitted in your car with ISOFIX anchorage points or with the lap sash seat belt method.
There's a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right car seat for your family. Here are the main types of seats we carry at Maxi-Cosi:
Rearward facing baby capsules
In Australia, it is mandated that babies up to 6 months of age travel facing the rear of the car as it's much safer if a road accident were to occur. Baby capsules are the most lightweight option on the market and some can be configured to fit straight onto a stroller for absolute ease of use.
Convertible car seats
To get more bang for your buck, a convertible car seat will secure your bub from birth up to eight years old. These seats facilitate rearward facing travel and can be spun around in order to face the front of the car when your child can no longer sit comfortably and safely in the rear facing position.
Children over the age of four, or those who meet the height and weight requirements, will need a booster seat. This gives your child some extra height when using the lap sash seat belt that is pre-existing in your car. Children usually grow out of these seats by the age of around eight.
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Child Safety Seat FAQs
How many child car seats can fit in a car?
Depending on your choice of car seat and the type of car you own, up to three can fit across the back seat. Slimline car capsules and booster seats are available if you need to fit more than two car seats in your car. You will need to consult your car manual to see how many ISOFIX anchor points are available.
I have recently found that my car restraint doesn't have a high safety rating. What do you suggest?
You'll need to buy a new one that has the appropriate safety features and standard stickers. In Australia, compliance with safety standards is absolutely necessary for the car seat capsule to be used to restrain your child. If the seat you are using does not have a sticker displaying the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754 then it is not safety compliant. This label will be on the packaging and the seat itself. All accessories that you purchase to go with the car safety seat need to comply with these standards in order to be used.
My nine-year-old doesn't want to use a booster seat because his friends don't, even though they are all shorter than the recommended height. What should I do?
Unfortunately, age is only a guide for determining when a child can start using an adult seat belt without a booster seat. Height and weight are better indicators on making the move from booster to existing seat and lap sash seat belt. You will need to explain to your child in terms that they will understand and make sure they know it's for their safety. If they can't comply, then you will be breaking the law.
Does my baby need to travel in a car seat when I'm in a taxi? What about when in a rideshare service like Uber?
If you're planning on using a taxi, you will need to take your child's car seat on the ride with you. In some states of Australia, taxis can provide your child with a car seat if you organise this ahead of time. The rules currently state that taxis must have one anchorage point for a car seat, and children and babies are able to travel on the adult's lap if there are no car seats available. This is not recommended, but will assist you during extenuating circumstances.
In a rideshare situation like Uber or DiDi, different laws apply as these are private cars providing a service. Children under the age of seven must be seated in the appropriate car seat for their age group, as if they were travelling in their own car.
Should I buy a second-hand child safety seat?
It's not recommended to purchase your child safety seat second hand unless you know the complete history of the car seat, such as if it's been involved in a road accident and how long it has been in use. We know that lower prices can be tempting, but a second hand baby car capsule could be nearing its use by date. If you are going to make a second hand purchase please look for the following:
- A car seat less than 6-10 years old - you can find the date of manufacture on the shell of the seat
- AS/NZS 1754 safety standard sticker
- An instruction manual included in the sale
- No cracks, fraying fabrics or other damage or wear
- Fully functioning buckle
- Compatibility with your car's anchor points
"I wouldn't put my child in anything else"
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