Harness loose on one side

Some car seats are made with harness straps consisting of 2 individual straps, while others are made with one continuous loop.

With single length straps it sometimes causes one side to end up slightly longer than the other, the reason for this is that the harness catches or pulls to the left or right side more than the other.

To adjust this you need to catch the harness at the opposite end, often down by the child’s hips and pull it to release the slack, or to pull slightly more harness from the opposite side.

Watch our video clip here: Continuous Loop

Normal appearance




Left side shown longer than the right


Underside showing continuous loop

Meet Our Model

Meet our premmie doll model.

She’s 36cm long from head to toe with scrunched up fits, pulled up legs and cute facial features like a new born baby.

Our premmie doll helps to indicate how well a seat fits a smaller infant, while it is unlikely that infants would be discharged while so small some infant seats provide slots low enough to accommodate these wee travellers.

So far she fits well height wise in the:
Safety 1st Onboard

We asked for suggestions on what to name her, suggestions included
Lucy, Eliza, Madison and Button, we decided she will be named “Carly”. Kimmie who suggested the name says that it means “little and womanly” we think this suits her perfectly.

We’re on the hunt for a decent looking new born sized doll to use as a model also (Ideally 48-52cm from head to toe). Prefer hard body to soft as soft bodies can give a false sense of fit. Let us know where to get one.

Chicco Keyfit

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Chicco Keyfit infant capsule, dated May, 2010. To see a larger image, click on the photo

Basic seat facts:

Chicco Keyfit (AU)

Rear facing only – to 9kg
Maximum height – 70cm
Standard – 5 Ticks (Australian)
Lifespan – 10 years

The Seat:
3 – height slots – 18, 24, and 29 cm
1 – buckle slot – 10cm
Width – 44cm
Shoulder width – 21.5cm
Leg width – 25cm

Bum to top  - 48cm
Bum to legs – 34cm

No chest clip
There is no locking clip with this car seat (not required, however it pays to know how to use one).
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Angle indicator only on base
EPS foam under seat cover behind the child’s head and back.

The Base:
Width – 38cm
Length – 50cm
Angle adjustment – 18 to 25cm
Total width on base – 44cm
Total length on base – 66cm

- 5 angle “clicks”/adjustments, between 18cm (not at all adjusted) to 25cm when fully adjusted.
- Angle adjuster on base, both sides, fluid level indicator.
- The base has sliding lock-off clips for the sash portion of the belt only. The base does not have isofix attachments.
- Easy to adjust base by depressing a button, though this does require two hands to complete.


 About the Chicco Keyfit

Chicco offers a trusted brand name that has been globally known for many years. The seat differs from the American model with a lower weight limit and less permitted user height. The seat also has the addition of the required stabilising bar and top tether strap as is required on all rear facing seats meeting the Australian safety standard (AS/NZS 1754).

The handle has a rubber central grip so you’re unlikely to risk slippage while carrying your baby in the seat.

The base offers a useful storage pocket where you can safety stow away the instruction manual, tether strap (when not in use) or even a spare nappy and dummy for emergencies when out and about with your baby.

This seat meets the Australian standards and cannot be compared to the American model as each vary in many ways.


- Wide canopy with additional pop out extension to offer increased sun cover. Canopy is also easy to remove and replace.
- Buckle engages individually and an audible ”click”  is heard when both tongues are engaged successfully.

- There is no indicator on the handle to visually see if the handle has clicked correctly into place.
- Can only be installed with base.
- Recline adjuster on base is a spirit level style liquid gauge.
- If rocked vigorously the seat may tip too far forward for a younger infant, caution this motion and watch when older children are present. (Shown in image below).

Underside of seat

Rear of seat showing release handle and tether slot

Storage pocket on base

Buckle on infant

No cover on

Chicco side on



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Safety 1st Onboard 35

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Safety 1st Onboard 35 infant capsule, dated Jan. 2012. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Safety 1st Onboard 35

Basic seat facts:
Rear facing only – 1.8 to 15.9kg
Maximum height – 81cm
Standard – NZS 1754 (New Zealand) also FMVS 213 (American)
Lifespan – 6 years (expires end of 2017, stated on seat and base).

The Seat:
4 – height slots – 14, 19, 24 and 30cm
3 – buckle slot – 8, 11 and 16cm
Width – 44cm
Shoulder width – 26cm
Leg width – 25cm

Bum to top  - 52cm
Bum to legs – 34cm

Chest clip – yes, smaller than used on larger car seats.
There is a locking clip with this car seat.
Push in lever to adjust harness.
There are indicators on the handle to visually see if the handle has clicked correctly into place, green = good, grey = not good.
Angle indicator on side of seat, different angle depending on child’s weight, <4.9kg and 4.9-15.9kg.
Non-slip tracks under the car seat.
EPS foam under seat cover surrounding the child’s head and back.

The Base:
Width – 44cm
Length – 56cm
Angle adjustment – 23 and 28cm
Total width on base – 44cm
Total length on base – 64cm
Width between belt slots – 22cm.

- There are no built in lock-off clips on the base for use when installing with the vehicle seat belt, the base though has isofix attachments.The base has a pocket for the isofix attachments to reside when not in use.
- The base is fiddly to adjust and has only two adjustment levels.

 About the Safety 1st Onboard 35.

The Safety 1st Onboard 35 offers the highest weight limit of any capsule sold in New Zealand and as such it also offers increased leg room so older baby’s are also comfortable. It’s important to note here that it is okay for your infants feet to touch the rear of the vehicle seat.

The seat has really low height slots so will fit pretty much all newborns, even premmie babies. As shown in the images below the harness fits well height wise on our 36cm premmie doll, although the harness cannot be pulled evenly tight over the dolls body, there is an excess of about 3cm of webbing.

Top harness slots will allow use beyond 12 months of age, with some 2 year old children managing to fit well in both the harness and the seat shell.

We liked how the chest clip was smaller than the clip found on Safety 1st convertible car seats, so it fits small infants well and helps to keep the harness over their wee shoulders.

The seat is straight forward to install, but lacks features such as base lock-offs that would make the install even easier. The low slot height and multiple crotch strap slots means even the smallest of infants can fit well.


- Handle can be at any position when used in the car.
- Headrest can be removed without removing the harness from the slots.
- Seat can be used with, or without base, using a lap or full lap and sash seat belt, or isofix (you must use only one method and never combine the two).
- Fits well in smaller cars.

-Thin canopy, does not cover much of the child when fully extended.
- Continuous-loop harness, this means that under the child’s bottom the harness runs as one piece, in some cases this may cause one harness side to pull through longer than the other side, to remedy the other side needs to be pushed/pulled to the opposite side and made equal again.
- Feature wise the seat lacks in comfort trimmings like rubberised handle grip, and infant padding is minimal like that found on the air model (pictured below).






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Baby Safe Isofix seat 0-18kg

This post entails a review done by New Zealand Child Restraints on the Babysafe R3 convertible seat, dated July. 2011. To see a larger image, click on the photo.

Babysafe 0-18kg Isofix seat

Basic seat facts:
Rear facing to 13kg
Forward facing 9 – 18kg
Maximum height – Not stated
Standard – ECE44.03 (European)
Lifespan – Not stated

The Seat:
4 – height slots – 20, 26.5, 34 and 39cm
1 – buckle slots – 17.5cm
Seat width – 41cm
Shoulder width – 26cm
Leg width – 26cm
Crotch buckle length –  17.5cm

Bum to top  - 63.5cm
Bum to legs – 33cm

Padded removable inserts
Push in lever to adjust harness.
Padded cover
Latch fitted base

About the R3

The R3 offers a seat upon an isofix base.The car seat can be installed with a seat belt, or isofix attachments, although seat belt mode requires long seat belts and may not fit in all cars. There is no top tether with this seat. The seat can be moved along the base to allow a thorough install in your car.

To swap the seat to a mode (rear or forward facing) the seat is removed from the base and switched to the desired orientation and re-attached to the base.

There are 4 recline position, number 4 is the most reclined and must be used for rear facing only. Positions 1-3 are for forward facing allow upright, or semi reclined positions.

Recline options

Detachable base

Uncovered seat showing foam layer













- Quick to install
- Can be installed with, or without base
- Narrow width would allow multiple seat install (*note, most cars only allow isofix use on outboard positions. Do not use in the centre unless your car manual states that this is ok. Also only one seat per set of hooks, do not attempt to fit two seats on the same attachment).
- Entire inside of seat layered with EPP foam (energy absorbing)
- Seller offers layby
- Removing seat and or base from the car is simple to do.

- Low rear facing and harnessing limits
- Seat is quite heavy and bulky
- Seat belt install difficult and fiddly
- Puzzle buckle could be fiddly with wriggly child.
- Need to remember what buttons do what on the seat and base. One lever uses both push and pull movements for different actions.

For more information on these seats visit www.allbaby.co.nz
To watch how this seat installs watch this Youtube clip

Side on

Rear facing side on


Rear of seat with access cover open

Without infant padding

Rear facing recline























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Try ‘N Buy

Yes you read right “Try ‘n Buy”.

We’re letting you try a seat for fit before you buy it with the added advantage that your seat is then installed by a Certified Child Restraint Technician for no extra cost and we come to you*

If you like it, it’s yours, hassle free.

Seats currently available include:

- Safety 1st Complete Air
– Diono RXT
– Evenflo Secure Kid
– Cosco Scenera 40RF
– Supernanny Isofix Booster
– Babysafe Booster with top tether





* Conditions apply. Fees added where accessories needed, out of zone installs, and where a return visit is required.

For more information please Contact Us

Sneak-a-peek! Evenflo’s newest family member

A new member of the Evenflo family is due to arrive in October November 2012.

This seat is a forward facing only, combined booster seat allowing children to use it from 10-29kg in the harness and from 18-45kg as a booster seat.

With an adjustable headrest is can be installed in the car using either, lap only belt, lap & sash seat belt or Isofix attachments.

It is light weight, easy to install and offers littlies dual cup holders that don’t need extra space as they are placed on the top of the seat, not on the sides like normal.

Who wants to see it?