22 Jul 2018
A Guide to Baby Seats in New Zealand
We want you and your children to have the safest trip you can when you come to New Zealand, so we thought we’d put together a quick guide to baby seats and booster seats.
In New Zealand children from birth to around 13kgs are required to be in a baby capsule. Ideally, this capsule is rear-facing and in the back seat. These capsules provide the safest mode of transport for babies.
Car seats are that extra step of safety for toddlers in the car. Built for children 9kgs-18kgs, these seats are also essential for children 5 and under.
These booster seats are for children not small enough for a car seat, but not big enough for a regular seat. Usually suited for children up until they’re 11 years old OR up to a height of 1.48 metres.
What To Look For
Compliance Checks: Each seat in New Zealand will be given standard compliance levels. These checks should be available on the packaging, or on the labels of the seat.
A Locking Clip: to keep the seat in place. For both forward facing, and rear-facing seats.
A Tether Strap: Every Isofix standard seat now has a tether strap, but not all seats may come with them. Isofix is the latest in car seat safety, but seats without Isofix straps are completely legal and safe to use. However, if a seat does have a tether strap, it MUST be used.
MODE car seats
Remember to book your car seat as an additional add-on when you book your rental with us! We have seats in stock and will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Rules and regulations change with technology and research, so to keep updated on New Zealand’s policies. A current list of New Zealand regulations can be found on the NZ Transport Agency website.