Can I get my seatbelt extended to fit a big car seat?
Some car seats are big, like really huge and bulky, and some cars have really short seat belts. In our experience the Holden Commodore, among others, has short seat belts. It seems like extending the seat belt would be a pretty easy solution, but unfortunately it's a bit of a no-no. Here is why:
But there are places that extend seat belts right?
Yes there are places that do it. The reason that we don't recommend it is because the seat belt can't be tested. It might not hold in the event of an accident. Furthermore, the child restraint has been tested to be sure that it is safe, but it has been tested with a standard seat belt- not one with an extension on it.
So what should I do if my car's seat belts are too short for a car seat?
Firstly, check if your car has ISOFIX. It may be that you can install a car seat/ child restraint with isofix and therefore not need to use the seat belt at all.
Or you could try another car seat in your car. You will be able to find one that fits, it just mightn't be the one that you originally wanted
We always recommend that you check car seats in your car before you buy. It can be difficult to return car seats, especially if you've bought them online and live a long way away from the shop.
If you are purchasing online, ask the retailer if they have fitted one in your make and model of car before. We sometimes take car seats down to the local car yards to try them out in a car before customers purchase them, it's better to be sure!