Car Seat Buying Guide

    Car Seat Buying Guide

    • It is the responsibility of the driver, and the law in New Zealand that all children under 7 years of age must use an approved child restraint when travelling in a vehicle.
    • Children aged 7 must be secured in a restraint if one is available.
    • It is recommended that a baby is kept in a rear-facing car restraint until they are at least 2 years old.
    • While not legally required, it is advised that children travel in a car restraint until they are 148cm tall.
    • The safest place for a child is in the back seat of the vehicle.
    • Rear facing car restraints should never be used in the front seat if the car has an airbag.

    All child restraints available at Farmers are certified for use in New Zealand.

    Car Restraint Type Birth - 12 Months 1 - 2 Years 2 - 5 Years 5 - 7 Years
    Convertible Seat
    Booster Seat

    Important: The chart above should be used as a guide only, please check manufacturer's specifications to ensure the correct car restraint is used.

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    • Capsules are used from birth to 13-15kgs (around 2 years old), although height limits may be exceeded before weight.
    • They are small, lightweight and feature a handle for ease of carrying.
    • Capsules should be used in the back seat and always rear facing.
    • Many capsules are sold with or have an optional base available. The base remains permanently fitted in the car, making transferring baby to or from the vehicle quick and easy.
    • Some capsules snap directly into a stroller and are sold as an all-in-one Travel System.


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    Convertible Seats

    • Convertible car seats are generally used from birth to 18kgs (varies depending on model).
    • The size of a convertible car seat varies greatly (as do cars), therefore it is important you measure how much space you have in your car before purchasing.
    • Some models convert to a booster seat, allowing it to be used for much longer.
    • When used from birth the convertible seat is rear-facing and is changed to front-facing for the toddler when the height/weight requirements are met.
    • Some convertible seats are tethered into place using an anchor strap, therefore the seat cannot be easily moved in and out of the car like a capsule. This should be a consideration when purchasing a car restraint for a newborn or baby.

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    Booster Seats

    • Booster seats are designed to raise a child up so that they can safely wear an adult diagonal seat belt.
    • They generally suit toddlers to children from 15 to 36 kg, although some models vary in weight capacity.
    • Booster seats feature back and side support for comfort and safety.
    • Some boosters convert to a backless booster seat, for safety reasons this is not recommended.

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    Car Seat Buying & Installation Tips

    • Buy your car restraint at least 4 weeks before you'll need it. This will give you time to install and practice using it.
    • Ensure the car restraint meets New Zealand Standards, it must display one of the following labels.NZ Safety Labels for Car Seats
    • Before you buy a car seat, measure the space in your car and the length of the seat belt.
    • A lock clip may be included with the car seat. This hold's the car's safety belt tight when it's used to install the seat or secure the child into a booster seat. A lock clip can be bought separately if one is not included.
    • Check the car restraint has a tether strap, when fitted correctly, it will stop the restraint from tipping forward in an accident.
    • Check if your vehicle has an Isofix (European) or LATCH (US) attachment system. This allows a car restraint to be clipped into the rear-passenger-seat frame, instead of being held by the car's safety belt. This can be used until your child reaches 18kgs, after that the seat belt should be used. Check your car's manual for more information.
    • Follow the manufacturer's instruction when installing a car restraint, many provide installation videos on YouTube.
    • For help with installation, the New Zealand Transport Authority provides a list of certified Child Restraint Technicians.

    Disclaimer: This information should be used as a guide only. Each brand and model of car restraint may provide different features and be suitable for children of different heights and weights. Before purchase, please read the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure you are getting the correct car restraint for the child.