Best Practices

Video below by Maxi Cosi demonstrating how to adjust the harness. This is universal for most car seat brands and models.


Video Below demonstrating Pinch test to see the harness is at correct tightness for your child.

When to forward face a child?

ACRI has always recommended that any child should continue to travel in any restraint type, and this includes booster seats until they reach the maximum marker / limit of that product. As members of ACRI we follow the above instructions along rearward facing until the child has reached safe forward facing markers showed by the child restraint manufactures. We won't forward face children at 6-12 months that are not reaching the markers.


What if the Vehicle Seatbelt is not working properly?

If the seat belt in the vehicle has a twist that cannot be removed, fraying in the belt path or seat belt tongue is not engaging in the buckle, our technician cannot install a child restraint under ACRI guidelines. Vehicle owner need to take the vehicle to a mechanic or dealership to get this issue rectified prior to installing the child restraint.


In An Accident Download Flyer

Do I need to replace my seat?

Yes – After a severe or moderate accident you should replace your seat

What about a “minor” accident?

It’s irresponsible for any organisation in Australia to conclude a child safety seat is safe to use after a minor collision. Not all potential damage can be seen with the naked eye, including webbing stretching or distortion.

Can any organisation certify a seat after an accident?

There is no agency, department, or organisation that certify a seat is safe to use after any accident- no one is willing to take on the potential risk.

What about insurance?

Yes! Most vehicle insurers will cover, up to a limit, the replacement of your child safety seat. Your insurer may require you to keep the safety seat for assessment – however DO NOT USE the seat after a severe crash

Can the insurance company assess my seats safety after an accident?

If your insurer advises your seat is safe for continued use then ensure you attain that in writing. What are manufacturer recommendations? Manufacturers complying with the AS/NZ1754 standard recommend to destroy their restraints when involved in a severe crash, even if no sign of damage is obvious.

Why should I render my car seat unusable?

By ensuring that out of date, or damaged car seats are disposed of correctly, we help prevent children being put at risk How do I dispose of my safety seat?

Although safety seats are made up of approximately 92% recyclable materials, and some pilot programs are underway – unfortunately they are still ineligible for normal recycling. Check with your local council for any pilot programs, or with the manufacturer of your safety seat for any programs they are aware of.

The steps for preparing to dispose of your seat are;

1. Remove all covers and inserts

2. Cut the harness, top tether and adjuster webbing

3. Remove the “5 Tick” standards sticker

4. Write “DO NOT USE” prominently on the seat

5. Remove any smaller parts from the shell to make it easier to dispose of

Can Tiny Tots Baby Store assess a child restraint after an accident?

As a member of ACRI* network, we can not asses the condition of any child safety seat that has been involved in any type of collision because of the potential risk to the child.Please refer to the flyer on ACRI policy.


Child car seats - keeping children safe 

By Road Safety Education

What you need to know






Tiny tots Baby Store Installer is a long-term member of ACRI -Australian Child Restraint Initiative. Information above and our installations always follow the ACRI guidelines.


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