Seat belt restraints

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 06:52
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Hi all,
Looking for advice on child seat belt restraints,My daughters partner has traded their commodore for a twin cab navara,the problem being not enough tie down points for 3 Kids on second row seating. Can extra points be added by mechanic,engineers or self legally ?
Kiddies are not old enough to use belts provided.
Thanks in advance. Cherry.
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Reply By: PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 08:03

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 08:03
Interesting one.

Here, I would ask the mechanic who works on our car. Or I would try the local RTA office. And maybe he would do it for you. I have read somewhere for new anchours that it is not just a matter of drilling a hole and using high tensile bolts.

Maybe you could start there.
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Reply By: Dereki - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 08:13

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 08:13
In queensland it can be done in some cars. From the TMR website.

Question: Where can I get anchor points installed in my vehicle?
To find a company in your local area qualified to install anchor points in your
vehicle contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads modifications
help desk on +61 7 3114 5844.
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 08:50

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 08:50
Cherry,

Yes a third anchor point can be fitted.

No it is not DIY

Contact a child restraint fitting station (Google) in your area for further information.


Wayne
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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 09:36

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 09:36
Yep agree with you Wayne.
A child restraint fitting station is your only choice.
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Reply By: palmy - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 09:59

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 09:59
I've read a lot about this, and while I agree that it's not a DIY job, why does every single baby seat you buy come with the bolt, thick spacer type washers and a large (50mm diameter) washer and nyloc nut? The only use for these is for fitting a new anchor point...

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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:29

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:29
palmy,

It is not that simple.

Most vehicles have child restraint anchor points, usually in the rear parcel shelf. They are a captive nut. Some vehicles have them in the back of the seat.

If you wish to fit the anchor point your self first you will have to find the anchor nut. This is usually under a plastic cover. Remove the cover and screw in the bolt. Adjust all the straps, you may have to get extension straps, and fit the child seat with the vehicles seat belt.

Doing this you have fitted the anchor point but have not obtained a certificate that it was done by a trained child restraint fitter and you insurance could be null in-void plus you vehicle could be deemed unroadworthy.

More important you could be putting your child at risk.

Fitting a child restraint to some 4wd wagons require a child restraint anchor bar (CRAB). This has to be supplied and fitted by child restraint fitter. Same as some dual cab Utes. A bracket has to be installed to make the child seat anchor point safe.

For the peace of mind that it is fitted properly and that your child is in a secure baby seat, have it fitted by an expert.

Wayne

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Follow Up By: palmy - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:36

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:36
Wayne,

I get that, I have a child and have been through all this... I'm well aware of what we're dealing with. It's that nut/bolt/washer combo that even the instructions on the seat say is for adding a new restraint point...!

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Reply By: GT Campers - Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 12:44

Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012 at 12:44
A little OT but the sooner Australia adopts the safer, ISOFIX child restraint fixing system, the better.. our mandated system is atrocious, as is allowing vehicles such as Navaras to be sold without them!!

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