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Capsule Safety

Children under 6 months must use a rearward-facing approved child restraint and travel only in the rear row. If your car does not have a rear row, this does not apply. However, a rearward-facing child restraint cannot be used in the front seat where there is a passenger airbag.

A rearward facing child restraint allows a child to lie down and, in a crash, gives support and protection to the head and neck - the most vulnerable parts of a child’s body.

How Does It Work? During an accident, the Baby Safety Capsule wants to continue moving forward. The accident sensitive latch disengages during an accident allowing the bassinet to turn about the pivot. With the bassinet turned the impact forces are more uniformly distributed over the whole of the baby's torso and head. The turning bassinet contacts and depresses the energy absorbing bubble, therefore allowing the bassinet to come to rest smoothly in the base without a suddon jolt. Refer to Baby Safety Capsule Instruction Booklet.

Choosing and using child restraints and booster seats [PDF, 1,173KB, 30 pp]: A guide for parents with children from birth to 16 years. This booklet is a handy, comprehensive reference that covers the road rules and safety tips and includes details of the models of restraints currently available. 

 

Restraint Road rules

Child restraint & booster seat road rules
The type of restraint will depend on the age of the child as follows:

  • Children aged under six months must wear a properly fastened and adjusted approved rearward facing child restraint.

  • Children aged between six months and under four years must wear a properly fastened and adjusted approved rearward facing child restraint OR a forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness.

  • Children aged four years to eight must wear a properly fastened and adjusted approved forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness OR an approved booster seat with a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt or child safety harness.


What about weight?
A child, who is too heavy for the restraint recommended for their age, should use a restraint for the next age category (see table below).

Rear facing child restraint (inbuilt harness)Products are available for children up to 9kg or 12kg.
Approved child restraint (inbuilt harness)Suitable for children up to a maximum weight of 18kg.
Approved booster seat (additional child safety harness optional)Suitable for children up to a maximum weight of 26kg

 Always wait until your child has outgrown their current restraint before changing to the next size.