Baby Restraints In 4WDs.

Submitted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 17:50
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Hi everyone,

We are needing to put in a baby restraint in our 4x4 however we have experienced a slight problem. We have wooden draws in the back and have been told that there are very few ways to fit the car seat. We have been advised to fit a c.r.a.b bar or create an internal roll cage. This just seems like so much trouble.
How have other families fitted car seats?

Thanks in advance.
Hayley
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:06

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:06
Hayley,

I hope you baby does not think it is too much trouble.

I just had a look at your profile and the photos, you drive like that but don't want to protect a baby, are you kidding???

Take the advice of the child restraint fitter. Fit the Child Restraint Anchor Bar or remove the draws.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Hayley_Demc - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:35

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:35
Obviously it's not going to be too much trouble. WRONG CHOICE OF WORDS. I was just surprised that it wasnt so straight forward.

And just for the record...We are foster carers and never do any offroading with a bubby in the car!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:53

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:53
Hayley,

Child restraints are a part of ADRs. All passenger vehicles must have them that were built after a certain date.

Taking short cuts or not fitting a child restraint properly is worse that a adult not wearing a seat belt.

It has been a few years since I was fitting child restraints but I think that if they are fitted to a vehicle and comply with ADRs you have to use those ones.

If they have to be a retro fit I had to have an engineer's report on the finished installation.



Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:22

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:22
Some 4wd's have the baby seat anchors in the roof, not sure about surfs.You can get extension straps that still bolt in to the floor anchors and go up between the draws(as long as there is a centre bolt).
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Follow Up By: Hayley_Demc - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:43

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:43
We have been told we cant anchor it to the roof for whatever reason. We're going with the crab bar I think...
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:39

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:39
Hayley,

Give me a call tomorrow 03 9706 6527, there is an easy way in most instances without reverting to a CRAB and is quite legal and safe.

Regards,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Hayley_Demc - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:49

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:49
thanks Jim. Will get hubby to give you a bell sometime tomorrow.
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 09:01

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 09:01
While your at it (if you haven't already) make sure you install a cargo barrier. No point having all the other safety equipment if when stopping suddenly items stored in the back come flying into the passnger compartment with the potential to kill anyone caught sitting in their path.
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