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34% OFF Baby Seat Fitting $19 (Usually $29) (VIC) - Vehicle Inspections Australia

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Correct installation of your baby seat or booster to ensure absolute safety for your family.

EXPERT ADVICE AND CONSULTATION
Our baby and booster seat technicians are fully trained and certified and VIA holds a professional-level membership with the Australian Child Restraint Research Initiative (ACRI).

Baby Seat Installations are consultative, meaning that every step of the installation process is explained. Our technicians empower you to take control of your families’ safety.

THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB
During installation you will learn best-practice installation techniques, and be provided with industry-specialised tools and products to ensure your restraint is working as it was designed.

CONVENIENCE, SIMPLICITY AND TRANSPARENCY
VIA is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. No more time out from your busy work schedule for an installation.

Installations usually only take up to 20 minutes.

VIA staff members are trained and experienced vehicle experts. The installation process will be fully transparent, and any faults found will be thoroughly explained so you can understand how any problems might affect your child’s safety.

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    In Sydney most baby shops include this service in the purchase price of the seat - not sure how it works in Victoria so i won't neg this deal per se.

    Also, if you're like us then you will be changing the seats around four times per year so really you need to learn how to do it yourself (the proper way). Especially if you need to switch the seats at short notice or on weekends etc.

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      "Baby Seat Installations are consultative, meaning that every step of the installation process is explained. Our technicians empower you to take control of your families’ safety."

      Although this service is often thought of as just "installation", it is actually an education process showing people how to correctly use restraints. Work one day at a council-run restraint-checking station and you will understand how wrong and dangerous some seats are used.

      …and I agree, retail shops should provide this service free, however this is not the case. Many of their installers are overbooked.

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    As a new dad. I have to say that if you are remotely handy and are able to read the manual. You should be able to install the baby seat yourself. But if you are not confident or just want the piece of mind. Shell out the $19 and get it done professionally. It's not going to break the bank. We're not in a developing country.

    Having said that. I got a goodies bag from the hospital (Mitcham Private Hospital (VIC)) which included a free seat install from Baby Bunting (if purchased there).

    Piece of mind + safety of your child = priceless

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      Piece of mind + safety of your child = priceless

      true, though since my daughter was born a couple of years ago the installation of a car seat ranks up there as on of he less challenging things I have had to master…

      read the manual, make it a two person job (one to press down on the seat and the other to tighten) and ensure the top tether is in place and tightened.. (and if you dont have the kind of seatbelt that self locks when retracting, use an 'h' clip)

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        Hi SBOB - please be careful when tightening top tether. From the sounds of your description you MAY have made a very common mistake. Top tethers should be firm but not tight - they are not designed to hold the seat back in place (like the lap/sash belt) they are only required in case of forward impact incident. Over-tightening tether straps can actually lead to quite dangerous situations in accidents. I advise for you to see if your local council runs a free restraint checking day (usually a weekend at a local shopping centre).

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          The general rule is
          'The tether strap should be firm but not so tight that the capsule/seat is lifted.'

          firm/tight are pretty ambiguous terms ;)

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          There is a big difference between "firm" and "tight" in an emergency situation. As long as the tether is not exerting an upward force on the chassis of the seat, you should be OK. Use two fingers on the webbing in the middle point of where the webbing is not touching the seat - you should be able to displace it by up to 40mm. Hope this helps.

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      I'm a bit handy and figured I had it all right but took it to a similar place to this one, they showed me some things I'd missed (like a small twist in the belt) which was good to see - and as someone else pointed out, you will likely need to either install this one into another car or install another one another time so it's good to see someone do it properly once and learn from them.

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        That's exactly the right idea, good on you! Twists are the most common issues, and they are dangerous for the following reason: if you imagine when carrying a full plastic shopping bag, the plastic bunches up and cuts into your hand, and leaves you with a red mark after a while. If you have a proper handle, the load is spread out a bit better and is more comfortable on your hand. If a seatbelt is "bunched" up like the plastic bag, it exerts a higher force on a smaller surface area causing injury. If there are no twists, the force is spread over a larger surface area and less belt injury occurs.

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    It's a good deal whether you agree with the need for expert installation or not. Plenty of car seats are not fitted correctly and even if you get free fitting when you buy the seat sometimes you have to take it out and fit it in again. Yes ideal if you can learn how to do it yourself however some people may not feel confident doing it for a variety of reasons or like my wife like the peace of mind of a professional fitting

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    I was sure RACQ did this free for members.

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      Our local council did it for free also :)

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    A lot of seats aren't bought from baby stores though, so don't come with free installation. There ARE people who use installation services, so for them I guess this might be a bargain (depending on whether there is a free service nearby.)

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    OP, on your page:

    Is VIA licensed and/or certified?
    Absolutely yes! Please visit our licensed, qualified and certified page for more information.

    "Page coming soon" doesn't instill much confidence. Can you actually provide that info please?

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      Hi Geewhizz, thanks for pointing that out. Any customers are welcome to view our certifications in-store prior to service. We haven't had the time to update the website just yet. Unfortunately we don't have a location in QLD so can't offer the service to you, unless you have recently moved to Victoria. Thanks again, VIA.

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    OP, How far in advance can a fitting be booked using this code? With the baby and toy sales coming up soon there might be a few looking for a fitting service after that.

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      Thanks for your question, Geewhizz. No restrictions on advance bookings. As long as the booking is made before the deal's end. e.g. a booking can be made today for an installation in 6 months' time, and the customer will pay the discounted rate of $19. Our online booking application only allows bookings up to 3 months in advance, so anyone wishing to book later than that will need to make a phone booking. You've actually got me moving to update the "certification" page, hopefully a scan of the certificates will be up shortly :)

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    Free Child Restraint Safety Checking Day, tomorrow at Shakespeare Street Campsie NSW 2194.

    http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/Discover/Events-in-Our-City...

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      These events are great, and we are involved with local council programs here in Victoria. Please note that usually (here in VIC anyway) "checking days" are just that…checking. Seats are checked and advice and tips are provided but if refitting is required, the customer is required to make a separate booking with a licensed technician (usually at cost). When we work at these days, we are not permitted to re-fit the seats on the day (only provide advice) unless the situation is acutely unsafe . I'm not sure about the claim of 90% of restraints incorrectly fitted though, I think it is closer to 80% (which is still alarming!).