For most parents the correct fitment starts with the vehicle meeting ‘Australian Standards'. The Standards determined in the early 1970's that Child restraints perform better if they have an upper tether strap and anchor system as part of their design.

If you drive a Sedan , Station wagon or Hatch type vehicle less than 25 years old the upper anchorage provision is usually easily sorted. Check the handbook of your vehicle and if you do have any difficulty in understanding the instructions seek professional advice. Do not ask a friend or a neighbour. (Remember the 70% incorrect strike rate?) CRFM can help you with anchorage issues.

Before the actual installation takes place:
Familiarise yourself with the use of the harness and tether adjustment.
Is the restraint in a functional and safe condition?
Configuration must occur before the restraint is installed into the car
Is the angular aspect correct?
Is the orientation correct, rearward or forward facing?
Does this restraint have and or need a rebound bar, is it deployed?
Are the inserts and or head restraint mechanisms correctly deployed?
Is the shoulder strap height set to the appropriate position?
Consider the position within the vehicle as to be the most suitable, considering safe access and parents health etc: NB: The centre rear position is considered the safest position, BUT is not always possible due to a variety of logistical reasons.
Ensure that the seat belt is in a functioning, road worthy state.
Follow the restraint manufacturers instructions carefully.

If you have any doubt after following these steps then seek expert advice.

Sometimes the first step in the list above is enough for parents to realise that they may need some assistance. If you are not confident in the correct use of the harnessing system then seek expert advice from the outset.

ACRI member professionals can show you how to feel confident in the day to day use of your child's restraint equipment.