There's a lot to think about when it comes to keeping your family safe on our Gold Coast roads. Aside from the unpredictability of other drivers, weather and road conditions, there's keeping your skills in check, your car maintained and all the safety features of your car up to scratch. Probably the trickiest one that causes the most frustration are children's car seats. Parents worry if they have installed the car seat properly, if their child is seated correctly and if they will be safe in the unfortunate event of a car accident.
Save yourself the worry and wonder and find a Gold Coast car seat installer from our list below, who can professionally fit your seat within half an hour.
Typically known as your roadside rescuer when flat batteries, tires, and more strike, RACQ can also assist with car seat installations in Maroochydore. Parents can visit Coastbay Auto Service Centre in Ashmore for a fitting, which also includes a demonstration on adjusting the restraint as a child grows. 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 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 Helensvale or Burleigh Waters stores 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 and offer demonstrations on correct use. Call 07 5580 0144 (Helensvale) or 07 5520 5633 (Burleigh Waters), and visit the Baby Bunting website for more information.
Operating outside two Baby Bunting stores on the Gold Coast - Helensvale and Burleigh - Buckle Up Baby is a family-run business, hiring and fitting car seats. Their stations are open from 10am to 2pm Monday - Friday. For more information about pricing, locations and times, contact their head office on 07 3367 0772.
Located at Industry Drive in South Tweed Heads, Baby Barn Discounts has offered an authorised installation service for 25 years, with three certified and experienced fitters on-site. Bookings (essential, $29, with additional fittings at the same time $20 per fitting. Saturday fittings limited, $39) can be made on 07 5524 5407, and a hire service is also on offer. Safe N Sound car seats purchased at Baby Barn are fitted for free between Monday and Friday by appointment.
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.
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:
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.