Portacot Hire Queenstown

Portacot Hire Queenstown

Portacot Hire Queenstown When it comes to portacot hire Queenstown Tots on Tour are leading the way. We can all sleep well at night knowing your children are in a safe and More »

car seats

car seats

Car Seats, Boosters & Capsules for Hire in Queenstown, New Zealand Car seats can also be called capsules, car restraints and boosters.  There are many things to consider when choosing what to hire.  Tots More »

Strollers

Strollers

Strollers for Hire in Queenstown, New Zealand Whether you call them strollers, pushchairs, prams or buggies Tots on Tour have a wide selection to meet your needs.  We have single and double More »

Highchairs

Highchairs

Highchairs, Booster Seat and Bumbo Floor Seat – Hire in Queenstown, New Zealand Tots on Tour in Queenstown, New Zealand hire quality highchairs. Our rental equipment also includes chair boosters and Bumbo More »

Child Carrier makes Queenstown family hiking easy

Child Carrier makes Queenstown family hiking easy

        A kids child carrier makes easy hiking with children in Queenstown. Got to the top of the Queenstown Gondola for a stroll with the kids and then carried More »

Toys on vacation

Toys on vacation

Toys on vacation are a great way to keep your kids amused in Queenstown. Tots on Tour have a great selection of rental toys for babies, toddlers and children. We make up More »

Car seat law changes

Car seat law changes

We drove to Jack’s Point with the kids today with the new car seat laws in force. About five children are killed or injured every week in road accidents in New Zealand. More »

Chariot

Chariot

What happens when you want to do outdoors stuff with your kids. You want to integrate them into your outdoors and healthy lifestyle. Well you’re legally not allowed to leave your kids More »

 

car seats

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Car Seats, Boosters & Capsules for Hire in Queenstown, New Zealand

Car seats can also be called capsules, car restraints and boosters.  There are many things to consider when choosing what to hire.  Tots on Tour’s Registered Child Restraint Technician can help you make the right choice. Infants and toddlers should remain rear facing as long as possible.  Compared to rear impact accidents vehicles are usually travelling a lot faster when front impact accidents occur.  Objects and people in the car will move towards the direction of impact.  Babies large heads make up approximately 25% of their body weight. Bones and muscle stretch but their spinal cord does not.  This results in horrific injuries for forward facing children in front impact car accidents.

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Head Proportions

When 8 month Prince George visited New Zealand his car seat was installed forward facing.  The New Zealand Herald wrote an article about this controversial decision.  Tots on Tour were asked to comment.  We agreed there was a need to educate parents regarding safe installation of car seats.  There is no legal requirement on which direction to install car seats. It is ultimately the parents choice. People were outraged Prince George’s car seat was installed forward facing.  Many felt it conveyed the wrong message to parents.  On the positive side the adverse publicity stirred public debate and increased awareness on correctly fitting car seats.

You can find more information regarding car seat law changes by reading a previous post.

Capsules

Capsules are a great option for babies.  These car seats are fitted rear facing.  They can be lifted in and out of the car easily and have a convenient carry handle.  Some capsules have a base that remain in the vehicle. Capsules are suitable up to 13kg depending on the brand.

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Evenflo Discovery Capsule with Base

 

Convertible Car Seats

Convertible car seats are suitable from new born to approx 18kg.  It’s important to always check manufacturers’ weight and size guidelines.  A child may exceed the recommended height before exceeding the weight limit or vice versa.  These car seats can be installed rear or forward facing.  Again, check manufacturers’ instructions for weight recommendations on rear and forward facing installations.  Evenflo’s Tribute car seat can be rear facing up to 18kg. Some car seats have tethers that are attached to anchor bolts in the vehicle.  It is important to correctly identify these anchor bolts.  There can be cargo holds which are mistaken for anchor bolts.  The cargo holds are not strong enough to secure the tether in a high impact accident.  If in doubt seek advise from your Tots on Tour Registered Child Restraint Technician.  If your car seat has a tether you must use a vehicle that has anchor bolts. Check with your hire car company. Evenflo’s Tribute car seat is designed to only use it’s tether in the forward facing position.  This car seat is a great option for rear facing when there are no anchor bolts in the vehicle.

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Evenflo Tribute Convertible Car Seat

Safe n Sound’s Safekeeper car seat has deep contoured side wings to provide added protection in the event of a crash. This car seat has a tether which must be used both rear and forward facing.

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Safe n Sound Safekeeper

Diono Olympia car seats have been crash tested to use with or without it’s tether.  If an anchor bolt is present it is recommended to use the tether. For rear facing the Swedish tether method is used. The tether is attached to the track of the front seat for the Swedish tether method.

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Diono Olympia

Edinburgh’s Roadstar car seats have been designed without a tether.  These car seats can be used both rear and forward facing in vehicles that do not have anchor bolts.

 

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Edinburgh Roadstar Convertible Car Seat

 

Booster Seats

Fisher Price Beline SP Booster with Harness.  This seat is installed forward facing only.  There is no tether.  Manufacturer’s instructions recommend using with the harness from 9kg to 18kg.   It is preferable to use a rear facing car seat as long as possible.   This car seat is a good option for older toddlers and when there are no anchor bolts. At approximately 4 years the harness can be removed.  The child out grows the harness when they reach 18kg or the top of the harness strap is below their shoulders when using the highest slots. When using with a seat belt make sure the lap belt rests over the child’s lap and not their abdomen.  Make sure the head rest is adjusted to the correct height.  The sash belt is placed over the child’s shoulder using the booster seat shoulder guide.  This booster seat can be used up to 36kg (approximately 12yrs). The child’s eye level should be below the top of the car seat.

Car Seats Hire Rental Tots on Tour Queenstown New Zealand

Fisher Price Beline SP Booster Seat

The Adventure booster seat is suitable for children over 4 years.  The car seat is installed forward facing.  There is no tether.  Suitable from 15kg to 36kg.

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Adventure Booster Seat

This is a brief overview of some car seats available for hire from Tots on Tour. Please note that this does not cover all aspects and we recommend you seek advice from our Registered Child Restraint Technician to select the most appropriate car seat. When possible our Registered Child Restraint Technician will fit the seat for you. If this is not possible please follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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