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Boosters are used with an adult lap-sash seatbelt. Booster seats with high backs and sides provide protection for children in side impact crashes as well as provide support when sleeping.
Who Can Use A Booster Seat?
Booster seats are suitable for children approximately 4-8 years, some booster seats can take children up to 10 years of age. Children over the age of 4 years can use a booster seat and must stay in it until they have reached the maximum height markers on their booster or 145 cm or taller is the suggested minimum height to use an adult lap-sash seat belt.
What are Convertible Booster Seats?
The convertible Booster seat combines the features of forward facing restraints for young children (6 months – 4 years) and booster seats for older children (4 years – 7 years). These restraints come with an inbuilt harness and a top tether strap. Once the child outgrows the harness (ie child shoulders above height markers) it must be removed and the restraint can then be used as a booster seat with an adult lap sash belt. Bubbasnug recommends keeping your children in a dedicated forward facing harnessed restraint for as long as possible.
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Capsules are for newborn babies, capsules are rear-facing car restraints that are designed with a convenient carry handle that allows you to move your baby from the car by carrying them with you while they are still strapped into their seat. Capsules are for babies up to approximately 6 months or 12 months. The restraint is held in place by the seat belt or isofix and the top tether strap. The seat faces rearward, and all have an inbuilt six-point harness system. Bubbasnug offers Britax capsules and installation.
Combine the features of rearward facing and forward-facing restraints in one child restraint. They accommodate babies from birth up to approximately a min 6 months or 12 months in rearward-facing mode. They can then be converted to forward facing for young children approximately 12 months to 4 years old. All have an inbuilt six-point harness system.
Forward Facing Car Seats
Forward facing car seats are designed for young children between the ages of approximately 6 months (must reach a min height requirement) up to 8 years of age. The restraint is held in place by the seat belt and the top tether strap. The seat faces forward and incorporates an inbuilt six-point harness system.
Boosters are suitable for older children, approximately 4 to 10 years old. They are used with an adult lap-sash seatbelt. Booster seats with high backs and sides provide protection for children in side impact crashes as well as provide support when sleeping.
At Bubba Snug, you can rest assured we carry all the required parts and hardware required to have your child’s car seat installed into the vehicle.
We also stock and sell a range of Car Seat Protector Mats to place under your car seat to shield your car’s interiors from damage over time, as well as 360 view mirrors to attach to your car seats to help you keep a safe eye on your little one while on the road.
At Bubba Snug we choose to stock and sell the full range of Britax car seats. Working closely with Britax you can ensure we are your Britax specialists. If you’re unsure about choosing your seat we have options to best suit your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Booster Car Seat?
A booster car seat is a safety device designed to elevate children within a vehicle, ensuring their standard seat belt sits correctly and securely over their shoulder and lap. Its primary purpose is to lessen the risk of injury in a car accident by aligning the seatbelt with the strongest parts of a child’s body.
In Australia, according to the rules and regulations, once a child outgrows their forward-facing seat (usually around the age of 4), they should transition to a booster seat until they are mature enough to fit an adult seatbelt properly, typically when they reach 145 cm in height or between the ages of 7 and 10. The Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754 categorises car seats based on their suitability for children of different ages and sizes, and it’s crucial to ensure that the booster seat you select complies with this standard.
Additionally, in Australia, all child car restraints, including booster seats, must be adequately anchored to the vehicle using an approved tether strap and anchorage point. Parents and guardians must be aware of and adhere to these regulations, as they’re designed with the child’s utmost safety in mind.
Who Can Use a Booster Seat?
In Australia, children between 4 and 7 should use a booster seat. However, there’s more to consider than just age.
According to Australian regulations, children must be secured in an appropriate car seat for their age and size. Specifically, the following rules apply:
- Infants up to 6 months: Must use a rear-facing child car seat.
- Children aged 6 months to 4 years: They can transition to either a rear-facing or forward-facing child car seat with an inbuilt harness.
- Children aged 4 to 7 years: Must use either a forward-facing child car seat with an inbuilt harness or a booster seat.
It’s worth noting that children should remain in each stage until they outgrow the maximum height or weight limits defined by the car seat manufacturer. This could mean some children remain in booster seats even beyond the age of 7 for safety reasons.
Additionally, while the general rule is that children aged 7 and older can use adult seat belts, experts and the law advise utilising a booster seat until they reach 145 cm in height. This ensures the seat belt fits them properly, providing the best possible protection during a crash.
What Age Is Best for a Booster Car Seat?
As per the Australian Child Restraint Resource Initiative (ACRI), the best age for a booster car seat is between 4 and 8 years old. This recommendation aligns with Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754, which specifies that children remain in a forward-facing car seat with an integrated harness until they reach 4 years of age. Transitioning to a booster seat becomes essential once they surpass this age or outgrow the seat based on weight or height.
The move to a booster seat isn’t just about age. It’s crucial to ensure that the vehicle’s seat belt sits securely and appropriately across the child’s shoulder and lap when seated. This positioning safeguards the child effectively during travels.
Although these guidelines are standard, parents and guardians must recognise their children’s unique growth patterns and comfort needs. It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Some children may be ready for a booster seat slightly earlier or later than the typical range. As always, prioritise safety by adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions for any car seat or booster and cross-referencing with the prevailing Australian safety regulations.
What Types of Booster Car Seats Are There?
In Australia, booster car seats are governed by specific standards and regulations to ensure children’s utmost safety during transit. Type E and Type F are two prevalent booster seats that align with these standards.
Type E Booster Seats:
These are high-backed booster seats for children between 4 and 6. They come with side wings that enhance head protection, safeguarding your child against potential side-impact crashes. The primary benefit of Type E boosters is their structured design, which gives solid support, promoting optimal belt positioning over a child’s shoulder and lap.
Type F Booster Seats:
These are relatively newer in the market and cater to children ages 6 to 8. One distinguishing feature of Type F is its harness, which provides additional protection. This harness ensures the child is securely positioned in the seat, eliminating concerns about moving out of place, particularly during longer journeys or sudden stops.
These boosters aim to elevate a child within the car so the seatbelt functions correctly, safeguarding them during travel. Parents need to adhere to Australian rules, ensuring compliance and, more importantly, the safety and well-being of their children on the road.
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