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Installation Questions

QUESTION:

Can I install Britax seats using both ISOFIX + Top tether AND the vehicle seat belt + Top tether?

ANSWER:

No. Child seats should be installed using only one installation method – either the vehicle’s seat belt and top tether (if anchor is available) or ISOFIX + top tether. Parents should always refer to the child restraint user guide with any questions.


QUESTION:

Can I use an inflatable seat belt to install my Britax car seat?

ANSWER:

Please view our Inflatable Seatbelt Policy which provides details of fitment with all Britax car seats.


QUESTION:

Is it safer to use ISOFIX + top tether or the vehicle seat belt and top tether to install a car seat?

ANSWER:

Installed correctly, both methods of installation are equally safe. Parents should use their child restraint user guide and vehicle owner’s manual to determine the best way to install their child restraint for their vehicle and for their child.


QUESTION:

My child seat doesn’t seem to be as secure now as when I first purchased it.  What can I do?

ANSWER:

The process of seating and removing your child along with the motion from your vehicle moving can shake your child seat loose over time.  It is very important that you check the fit often and reinstall your child seat periodically.


QUESTION:

Can I fit more than one child restraint to each anchor point?

ANSWER:

No. It is impossible to do this.


QUESTION:

When installed rear-facing, the child car seat / baby capsule (infant carrier) / convertible seat touches the back of the front vehicle seat. Is it ok?

ANSWER:

After your car seat / baby capsule (infant carrier) / convertible seat is securely installed rear-facing, you may move the front vehicle seat back JUST until contact is made with the child restraint car seat.


QUESTION:

Where is the safest place to install my child’s car seat?

ANSWER:

The safest place for your child in any vehicle is in the back seat.  The center of the rear seat is preferable to outboard positions, as long as you can achieve a tight installation, because it is the furthest from a side impact.


QUESTION:

Are airbags a risk to my child and where our restraint is installed?

ANSWER:

Air bags are designed for an adult’s mass and may not provide an appropriate impact environment for children, So:

  • Where there are side Air bags / curtains fitted, a child should not sleep with their head against the side of the car
  • Rearward facing restraints should never be used where there is a forward mounted air bag.
  • Keep children away from air bag systems.
  • Side / curtain airbags should not affect forward facing seats however you should refer to your vehicle's owner’s manual for further recommendations.

Check with vehicle manufacturers’ agent in regard to deactivation of an air bag system if necessary. Follow all advice listed in your vehicles owner manual.


QUESTION:

Why is it important to use the top tether when installing car seats?

ANSWER:

The use of a top tether can reduce the distance that your child’s head moves forward in the event of a crash (also called head excursion), thereby minimising the risk of injury.


QUESTION:

The stabilising bar is not making complete contact with the vehicle seat back.  Is this okay?

ANSWER:

The contour of the vehicle seat will affect the amount of contact between the seat back and the anti-rebound bar. Once a firm installation is achieved, there may be space and this is acceptable if the seat is installed correctly.