What is the safest capsule on the market?

With so many different capsules and carseats available on the market today in Australia, it can be really difficult to choose. So many brands, names, colours, recommendations from friends and family – new parents can be quite overwhelmed with so much to choose from and so many questions including:

  • Which capsule is the safest?
  • Which is the lightest?
  • Which will fit in my car?  What if I have a small car?  What if I already have one or two car sears already in the car?
  • Which will fit onto my pram to make a travel system?

To help answer all of these questions we have put together a summary below as well as some information on safety testing and ratings of our current range of baby capsules for hire.

The website www.childcarseats.com.au is an initiative of the Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP), a consortium of government agencies and motorist organisations who share a common interest in improving safety for children travelling in vehicles. CREP provides parents with independent and unbiased information on the levels of child protection from injury in a crash provided by child car seats and the ease with which they can be used correctly.

The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) assesses the crash protection performance of car seats using three simulated crash tests:

  1. Frontal impact test
  2. Side impact test
  3. Oblique impact test.

In all tests, crash test dummies that are equal to or above the upper end of the mass limit for each type of child car seat are used to measure the forces experienced by the dummy during the test. The data gathered is then analysed and the car seats are scored based on several performance aspects.

Latest safety ratings of baby capsules

Product CREP Safety Test result (out of 5 stars) Product dimensions and weight Pram compatibility 2nd base available for hire from Rockabye Baby Hire
Safety 1st One Safe Infant capsule 5 out of 5 stars H 440 x D 660 x W 430
3.5 kgs
Safety 1st, Maxi Cosi Yes
Babylove Snap’nGo Series BL620A/2010 4 out of 5 stars H 405 mm D 660 mm W 430 3.8kgs Babylove, Valco Yes
Chicco KeyFit Plus 79046 4 out of 5 stars H: 415mm D: 710mm W: 435
4.8 kgs
Chicco, Bugaboo, Baby Jogger Yes
Nuna Pipa CF-03 4 out of 5 stars H: 470mm D: 745mm W: 450mm 60 + compatible prams! Yes
PegPerego Primo Viaggio PP01/2010 3 out of 5 stars H 430 mm D 720 mm W 440 mm
5 kgs
Peg Perego, Bugaboo, Baby Jogger, Phil & Teds, Mountain Buggy Yes
Maxi-Cosi MICO Air MCM 2010 3 out of 5 stars H 415 mm D 760 mm W 430 mm
3.9 kgs
Quinny, Maxi Cosi, Bugaboo (Mico only), Baby Jogger, Phil & Teds, Mamas & Papas, Icandy, Valco, Joolz, Jane Rider Yes

Baby capsules for hire in Sydney – just call Rock-A-Bye Baby Equipment Hire prices range from just $60 for 6 months and all capsule hires come with free professional installation by one of our ACRI accredited restraint fitters.