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Loosening anchor strap each time


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#1 ollies-mum

Posted 24 June 2012 - 04:01 PM

We have a Steelcraft Orion Capsule that we have just installed in the car and i have a couple of questions if anyone knows the answers!
The capsule is installed according to the instructions however if you grab it and rock it from side to side it just seems like its got too much movement?
Also it says to remove the capsule from the car each time the anchor strap needs to be loosened and then undone from around the back of the capsule. Reverse when putting back in. This just seems like the biggest pain in the butt and defeats the purpose of a capsule???

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#2 Indatree

Posted 24 June 2012 - 04:18 PM

I just hired a Safe n Sound unity capsule and have discovered the same thing, have to put the anchor strap around the back and tighten each time. Bit of a pain but I'm sure I'll get used to it. If you don't strap it in it would just be sitting on the base and not secure.
I'm going to use it for a little while because it clicks onto our pram but if it's all too hard will give it back.

#3 TheWanderer

Posted 24 June 2012 - 04:53 PM

Regarding the top strap, I think most capsules need you to losen it and remove it each time you take it out of the car.  A little bit annoying but you do get used to it.  I find it just as annoying with the reversable car seat in that the strap is not taken off each time.  It makes getting baby in and out awkward as it is in the way.  Oh well, can't win either way.

Stopping it from moving side to side is a little tricky.  It needs the car's seat belt to be done up really tight really tight.  Do you have a locking buckle?  (like this... http://www.kidsafewa.com.au/child-restrain...ated-slide-50mm).  

I find to get the right tension, I need to route the seat belt through the carseat (or capsule base), do it up, pull it as tight as I can, put the locking buckle in place (usually about 5 cms from where the belt disapears into seat at the bottom), unclip the belt, shorten it by about 2-3 inches (with the locking buckle) and then do the seat belt up again.  To get it to do up you need to litterely put all your weight on the car seat, rocking side to side a little.  Sometimes it takes me a few goes to get it right, I set the seat belt short enough so I can just do it up this way.  I also make sure that the locking buckle is not in direct tensioned contact with any plastic from the car seat.

Edited by TheWanderer, 24 June 2012 - 05:00 PM.


#4 ednaboo

Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

The rules for installing any rear facing restraint are that there should be no more than 2.5cm of side to side movement at the belt path - NOT the top of the restraint near babys head.  Where are you testing it?
If it is moving too much at the beltpath, then you need to re-install the base.  

I tried to look at the online manual and it wouldn't open, so I am looking at the manual for the Cruiser which appears to be the same model.  Some restraints don't need add on locking clips as they have built-in belt lockoffs.  Looking at this one, it appears that the base has a 'belt cover' - but I can't tell if that is an actual lockoff?  If it is, then you shouldn't need an add on locking clip (aka gated buckle).  Does the belt cover put tension on the seatbelt, or just hide the seatbelt?  Try opening up the belt cover, putting all your body weight on to the base and get someone else to pull the seatbelt as tight as they can, then lock down the belt cover.  Does that reduce the amount of movement?  If it doesn't then you will need an add on locking clip, or you may need to see get a professional to install it for you.  The PP described how to get a locking clip on - it is very fiddly to do but it makes a big difference to the installation.  It converts the lap sash belt to function like a lap belt, which holds the restraint down more firmly.  It annoys me that they aren't mentioned in the restraint manuals so many people don't know they exist.

AS for the anchorage strap, yes it looks like a PITA but it has to be done I'm afraid!

Edited by ednaboo, 24 June 2012 - 10:23 PM.


#5 ollies-mum

Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:38 AM

Thankyou so much for all your detailed replies. I will check out what you suggested Ednaboo as it does have the belt cover but not sure if it locks it in place. I was moving it near the head end so will check it down next to the belt. If not then i'll get what the wanderer suggested.
Thanks sooo much for all the advice! The manual just leaves out so much valuable information!




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