Anyone that has tried to fit a child car seat will know that it’s no easy feat, so having a professional on hand to help you out is worth every dollar. Having a properly accredited and fitted car seat is not only essential for on-road safety — it’s a legal requirement in Queensland for children up to the age of seven.
Qualified car seat fitters can ensure your seat is fitted to meet safety standards as well as give you advice and recommendations for using the restraint.
So, if you’re based on the Sunshine Coast we have put together a list of all the car seat installation services to help you find the perfect fitter for you:
Kidsafe Queensland is an independent not-for-profit community initiative that works to keep Queensland kids up to the age of 16 safe. The organisation offers a range of safety services including baby capsule hire, pool safety inspections and car restraint checks and fittings.
As part of its mission, Kidsafe QLD offers car seat fitting services at multiple locations around Queensland, including Buderim on the Sunshine Coast. They also offer a mobile fitting service for an additional cost.
Bookings are essential and can be made on the Kidsafe Qld booking website or by calling 07 3854 1829. Allow approximately 30 minutes for an appointment.
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.
As well as offering a wide range of baby equipment for hire, Hire for Baby has a child restraint fitting service conducted by qualified professionals at their stores across Australia.
On the Sunshine Coast, you can make an appointment at any of their five stores in Noosa Heads, Caloundra (by appointment only), Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Airport (by appointment) and they also offer a mobile service.
Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning the individual stores. Find out more on the Hire for Baby website.
Price: Child restraint fitting service $35 plus parts. $25 to check a pre-installed car seat, $10 extra for any adjustments.
RACQ is a trusted name when it comes to all things transport and safety. As well as providing a lot of useful information about car restraints on their website, they offer car restraint fitting services on the Sunshine Coast in Maroochydore.
It is recommended that at least one parent attends the fitting as the technician will provide you with a demonstration on how to adjust the restraint as your child grows.
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.
Location: Suncoast Automotive Services, 10 Kelly Court Maroochydore, QLD. — View map
Baby Bunting is a nationwide chain of baby supply stores that offer car seat fittings at all of its stores. On the Sunshine Coast, you can have your seat fitted at the Kawana store on Kawana Way by an accredited car seat fitter. As well as properly and safely installing your seat, they will show you how to use the restraints correctly.
Bookings are essential and can be made by calling the store on 07 5437 7600.
Prices: $39 Monday – Friday and $45 on Saturdays.
Can’t get away from the house? Let the experts come to you! Kelvin Edwards and his team have been offering an affordable car seat fitting service to parents across the Sunshine Coast for over 16 years.
Price: Prices start from $40. Call 0414 939 209 to enquire and book.
The Queensland Government makes the laws surrounding car seat restraints very clear, and all children under the age of seven must be in an approved child restraint — it will have the Australian Standards Tick logo on it.
After your baby has outgrown its baby capsule, there are two more sizes of car seats before your child reaches the age of seven. For more information about the correct seat sizes and fittings, visit 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.