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Infant capsules in front seat. Rss

Hey. I have a 2 door honda and may not have the money to upgrade to a 4 door car before baby arrives.
According to my research it is fine to have rear facing capsule in front seat if there is no air bag.
Is this correct.
Partner also has a 2 door four wheel drive so what a pain in the a...
Im fine with putting baby in the back if i have passengers.
Trialed a week with my cousins baby but hit our heads alot climbing in and out haha.

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Hi,
I had a feeling you couldn't put a baby seat in the front of your car so I had a look at the guidelines.
My link
It says if the child is under 4 years old and you have 2 rows of seats the child cannot be in the front row.
Maybe have a look at the website for further clarification.
I personally dont children of any age in a car seat in the front. You will have to get an authorised person to fit a baby bolt so it has something to attach too which is expensive as they have to be mod plated. Heaps of people have two doors with a baby in the back, why cant you just do that until you can upgrade?
Do you have a hatchback? We had a 2 door hatchback until DD1 was 2 1/2 and when she was rear facing we would put her in through the boot. When she was forward facing we just jumped into the back next to her to strap her in.

Hmm so what if the baby capsule won't fit in the back seat?? we have a double cab hilux and no matter how far we push the front seats forward there's no room for the capsule. And the seatbelts aren't long enough in the back. We've already fitted our baby capsule in the front and it doesn't move around or anything, we havn't got airbags in the front either so we'll just be using it like that.


Didn't you try the capsule in the car(s) before you bought it? I'd never buy a seat that I hadn't actually tried in my car first.

If it were me, and upgrading/changing the car is seriously not an option, I'd be taking the current capsule back to where you bought it and get a different one that will fit in the back seat. Can you get seatbelt extenders?

From what I read the only 'exemption' from not placing a rear facing seat in the front seat is if there are NO rear seats.


I wouldn't put the carseat in the front either. I'd rather hit my head going in and out then put them in the front. Even if there is no airbag there's no ancor point. If you got pulled over by the police don't they hand out fines if carseats are not put in properly?? With DS I had a 2 door hyundai getz, our carseat was pretty big and we put it in the middle. Yes it was a pain getting in and out but when you can't afford anything thing else you just have to make do with what you have.




Hey. I have a 2 door honda and may not have the money to upgrade to a 4 door car before baby arrives.
According to my research it is fine to have rear facing capsule in front seat if there is no air bag.
Is this correct.
Partner also has a 2 door four wheel drive so what a pain in the a...
Im fine with putting baby in the back if i have passengers.
Trialed a week with my cousins baby but hit our heads alot climbing in and out haha.

It is against the law to have a child in a restraint travelling in the front seat of a car - unless all seats are occupied by children younger than them. There is nowhere for the capsule to be bolted to in the front seat. No accredited child restraint fitter will fit your capsule in this way - nor will anyone install a bolt in the floor of your car there, it is not strong enough.

Please dont do that you are risking the safety of your child.
I have a 2 door car and we haven't been able to upgrade to a four door. What we did was get a capsule with a base so I could just reach in and clip it in without having to climb in myself. DD went into a big rear facing seat at 8 weeks (we'd borrowed the capsule from my SIL and she was expecting a baby too) I got it down to a fine art, I'd open the door the same side as the seat then sort of flick her into it over the top and back of the seat. When she turned 1 she went forward facing and now at almost 2 and a half she climbs in and out herself so all I do is buckle her in. I thought there'd be no way I'd be able to do it at 39 weeks pregnant, but it is fine. I've swapped her to behind the driver's seat in anticipation of the new baby coming, as there isn't much leg room sitting in front of a rear facing carseat. The only issue was when DH came in the car too. With one, I'd sit in the back with the baby (more legroom) but I'm not sure how it will work with two. Usually I get DH to drive - he is 6ft 3 so needs more leg room than me (5ft 9) so I mash myself into the passenger seat. For long trips we go in DH's Toyota Surf (but it is a real hassle as he is a builder so we have to spend hours emptying out all his tools!!
I think you'll get it down to a fine art pretty quickly and won't even notice that you have a two door! Also, once they are on the move it is quite handy that they don't have a door to try and get out!
Your childs safety vs your inconvenience?
I know what I would choose!

The same with rearward or forward facing.
DDs over 10mo and 10kg and still rf. So many people I know are all 'what you haven't changed the seat around, its so much easier'. Um no, she'll get moved around when she's too long for rf. Yes its painful lifting her over the straps but its a small price to pay in the scheme of things. My baby cousin was left severely brain damaged and blind from a car accident, at 18 her mum is still changing her nappies.


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this is the most stupidest thing I have ever heard of: putting a capsule in the front seat of a car with back seats. seriously, is it better to have your child safe in the car or for you to get them in or out easy, I think I know which I would choose.
Sorry, but I had a very small car when DD was a newborn and not for a second did it cross my mind to put her in the front. you learn to get them in and out in a very small space.
also good luck trying to get anyone to fit an anchor point and carseat legally to your car if you do it!!!!
Guys give cut her a break she was asking a question to get the answer before she went to do anything. She dosnt need a dozen women jumping down her throat practically saying she dosnt care about the well being of her child.

Heres the link to the QLD restraint laws

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Driver-guide/Child-restraints/Child-restraint-laws.aspx

Stated here it is fine for you guys to put your child in the ute as long as it is properly put in... Most RACQ places do it for free but double check just incase. So i reckon if you have a 3 seater ute it may pay off to spend a little getting a ankor point in at least for the first couple of months to save your back. It takes 5 mins to swap a car seat from one car to another so its not like it would be a major a hassel if it makes it easier on you guys... Specially if you need to go out for the day and you spend a lot of your time getting in and out of the car at least you would have the ute there incases like that.

As far as the car is concerned though it is against the law...

Hope that helps a little, to clear up any more confusion if you do have a RACQ close just pop in there explain the situation and they should be able to help you = )
Hi found this http://www.seatbeltsdirect.co.nz/extenders/ for those of you in same position as me. My belts to short in back seat these extenders are only $50 delivered within NZ small price to pay smile
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