In Australia, it is a legal requirement that all children under the age of seven are strapped into a child car seat for their age and size. However, installing a new seat is notoriously tricky to get right.
Car crash injuries sadly remain a leading cause of death and disabling injuries among children and data from Kidsafe has shown that around 70% of car seats are fitted incorrectly which makes injuries seven times more likely.
To have the confidence that everything is set up correctly and keeping precious cargo safe, many parents hand the job over to a professional who can have it done in around 30 minutes.
Here’s a handy list of every service in Brisbane.
With locations all over Australia, Baby Bunting is a one-stop shop for everything for babies and children, including child restraint fittings at some stores. Pop into their Fortitude Valley store for a car seat installation ($39 Monday - Friday, $45 on Saturdays) - make an easy booking to see one of their accredited fitters, who can also answer any questions. Call 07 3252 5955 to make a booking, and visit the Baby Bunting website for more information.
A national body dedicated to minimising risks to children in a variety of areas, Kidsafe (part of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia) offers seat and restraint fitting services, as well as checking existing installations, and hiring and selling car seats.
Bookings are available for various locations around Brisbane, and are made by calling 07 3854 1829, or visiting the booking site. Installation ($40 for the first, $75 for two, mobile services for extra) takes around 30 mins per seat, and it’s also recommended that you bring two standard towels to secure the capsules.
Typically known as your roadside rescuer when flat batteries, tires, and more strike, RACQ can also assist with car seat installations at multiple locations in Brisbane. Currently, RACQ is offering free child restraint fittings and safety checks on Fridays at their Fortitude Valley location, with bookings for limited spots available by calling 3666 9148 between 8am and 5pm. Parents can also visit Evolution Automotive Services, 253 Padstow Road, Eight Mile Plains, and Automotive on Anzac, 1558 Anzac Ave, Kallangur - bookings can be made by contacting RACQ child restraints, and cost $55 for members and $80 for non-members, payable at the time of booking.
With fully trained fitters on site, installation is free when the car seat is bought from the store, and includes training so parents can ensure long-term maintenance. If you purchased your seat elsewhere, the fee is $40. Check the website for more details, and visit 4/229 Junction Road, Morningside, 4170.
Based in Stafford on Brisbane’s northside, Bubby’s Playpen has been Brisbane’s go to for hiring baby needs since 1992. They’re ACRI (Australian Child Restraint Resource Initiative) members, offering car restraint installation as well as repairs and servicing for a wide range of popular baby brands. For pricing, bookings and more information contact the store on 07 3356 6089.
Located in Narangba since 1982, KCF Rallysport is certified for vehicle modifications and child restraints, with car seat fitting services available. For bookings - available Monday to Thursday 7.30 am - 5 pm, and 7.30 am - 3 pm on Fridays - and pricing, call 07 3203 1546 or visit their website for more details.
For an easy installation without going down your driveway, call Phil Judd. In addition to being contracted by major baby stores in Queensland, Judd runs a mobile seat fitting business, serving Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Working for over 30 years, including with the Queensland Ambulance Service, he can also assist with nursery furniture assembly. Bookings are available Monday to Friday 8 am — 5 pm, and on Saturdays by appointment - call 0408 877 869. To find out more, visit http://www.babyseatfitting.com.au.
Based in Kallangur and formerly known as Beta Baby Hire, Brisbane Baby Hire & Install is a family-owned business in capsule hire, sales, and fittings. ACRI and Kidsafe accredited as well as offering public liability insurance, they operate Monday to Saturday by appointment, and also have a mobile service. Bookings are $35, offer a free installation certificate and safety and care instructions, and can be made by visiting their website, or calling 0435 552 382.
State legislation outlines what seat is suitable for your child’s age. However, they are based on average heights, meaning that it’s also important to consider their actual height when purchasing a seat. The law specifies that:
Babies aged up to six months must be in a rear-facing car seat or baby capsule. It’s recommended they stay in rear facing seats as long as possible as front facing doesn’t provide adequate neck support. The image below may look cute but a baby of this age would be much more likely to suffer neck injuries in a front facing seat compared to a rear facing one in the event of a car accident.
Children 6 months - 4 years must be in a rear-facing or forward-facing car seat with in-built harness.
Children 4 - 7 years must be in a car seat with in-built harness or booster seat used with properly fastened and adjusted adult seatbelt.
Several seats that are available can be converted for multiple stages, such as rear-facing car seats that convert into forward-facing, making them suitable for 0-4 years. Seats must comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard for child restraints (AS/NZS 1754), which has been recently updated to include ISOFIX. Look for the Australian standards approved sticker before buying your seat. For more information about child restraint requirements in Queensland, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Note: All prices are correct at time of publishing. We recommend you contact each service or check the websites for latest prices. Let us know if you do find any changes or additional services so we can update this resource.