When it comes to your family, safety is always the number one priority and properly installing a child car seat is essential in protecting your child while on the road.
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, which is why many parents hand the job over to a professional who can have it done in around 30 minutes.
So, if you’re looking for some help, we have compiled a go-to list of every Brisbane car seat installation service:
Baby Bunting is a popular national chain of stores offering a wide range of baby supplies as well as child restraint fittings at a selection of their stores.
In the Brisbane area, the Fortitude Valley store on James Street has accredited child car seat fitters and can also provide advice to parents on how to use restraints correctly. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling the store on 07 3252 5955.
Visit the Baby Bunting website for more information.
Prices: $39 Monday – Friday and $45 on Saturdays.
Part of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, Kidsafe offers car seat installation services across Brisbane.
Bookings can be made by calling 07 3854 1829 or on the Kidsafe Qld booking site. You will need to allow 30 mins per car seat. It is also recommended that you bring two standard towels to secure the capsules.
Currently, Kidsafe Queensland is offering half-price installations (usually $40) if you purchase your restraint through them. They offer the restraints at 10% below RRP. For more information, visit the Kidsafe QLD website.
If you’ve already installed your car seat but want a trained professional to look over it and check that you’ve installed it correctly, Kidsafe can do this, too. You can also hire a baby capsule from Kidsafe for up to 6 months.
Prices: $40 for the first installation and $75 for two. Child restraint check service is $20. Baby capsule hire starts from $90. They offer a mobile child restraint service for an additional fee.
RACQ offers a wide range of transport-related products and services that you are probably already familiar with, and the trusted organisation can also help you with child seat installations at two locations within the Brisbane area.
Car Restraint Fitting Centres can be found on Zillmere Road, Zillmere and Padmore Road, Eight Mile Plains. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 13 19 05 and following the prompts.
Prices: $55 for members and $80 for non-members. Payment is made at the time of booking. For more information, head to the RACQ website.
Fully ACRI trained car seat fitters on site.
If you purchase a car seat from store then the first fitting is free along with training by the fitter so parents know how to maintain the fitment themselves to ensure safety is maintained long term.
If you purchased your seat elsewhere, the fee is $40. Check website for more details.
Bubby’s Playpen is a family owned and operated business based in Stafford that has been serving the Brisbane community with baby hire services since 1992. They are ACRI (Australian Child Restraint Resource Initiative) members and offer car restraint installation as well as repairs and servicing for a wide range of popular baby brands.
For pricing, bookings and more information contact Bubby’s Playpen on 07 3356 6089.
Location: Unit 4b, Webster Road, Stafford, QLD, 4053 — View map
KCF Rallysport is a certified vehicle modifier and child restraint installer that has been operating in the Moreton Bay area since 1982. Located in Narangba, car seat fitting services are available Monday to Thursday 7.30 am - 5 pm, and 7.30 am - 3 pm on Fridays. The store is closed on weekends.
For pricing information and bookings call 07 3203 1546 or visit their website for more details.
Location: KCF Rallysport & The Cobra Shop Qld, 1/12 Robart Court, Narangba QLD 4504 — View map
Phil Judd is a certified restraint fitter who, as well as being contracted to major baby stores in Queensland, runs a mobile seat fitting service for parents in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. He has been working in the industry for over 30 years, including with Queensland Ambulance Service, and also offers a nursery furniture assembly service.
Bookings are available Monday to Friday 8 am — 5 pm, and on Saturdays by appointment.
For more information about Phil and the services he offers, visit http://www.babyseatfitting.com.au.
Prices: For prices and to make an appointment, contact 0408 877 869.
Beta Baby Hire is a family-owned business that offers baby capsule hire, sales and installation services. Based in Lawnton, they take bookings for car seat fittings on Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends.
The team has been trained and accredited by Kidsafe Qld and ARFI, and offer public liability insurance for extra peace of mind.
As part of their service, they offer a free installation certificate and safety and care instructions. For more information, visit their Facebook Page or to book your appointment call 0435 552 382.
Price: $30, excluding extra parts such as extensions straps, which will be available to purchase during the fitting if needed. A mobile service is available. Fittings are free if you buy or hire from their store.
Location: Lawnton, Queensland. By appointment only — contact for more information.
The law outlines what seats should be used based on your child’s age, however, these recommendations are based on average heights so it’s important that you consider your child’s actual height when choosing the right seat.
The law specifies that:
There are several seats on the market that are convertible, meaning they can be used for two different stages, such as rear-facing car seats that convert into forward-facing ones making them suitable for 0-4 years. These can be an economical choice for parents.
When choosing a seat, it 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.