Parents Raise Concern Over Prince George’s Car Seat While Travelling To New Zealand

It appears there is more outrage swirling around the royal family and today’s trip to New Zealand. With Prince George’s first outing debacle still fresh in our minds(below), I was surprised to read that the couple may be making another transport safety mistake with him.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with his new baby boy seen at St.Mary's hospital in London

In preparation for their trip to Wellington, the couple requested that a Maxi-Cosi Tobi convertible seat be installed in the official vehicle that would transport the family while they’re on their royal tour.  This was done by Plunket car seat services technician Aethalia O’Connor.

There are two problems with this.

First – the images that were released of the seat being installed in the vehicle show that the seat is forward-facing. Because the baby is only 8 months old, he should still be in a seat that is a rear-facing position.  It is the safest position for him.

Plunket staff fitting a Maxi-Cosi baby seat into the official car that will transport the royal visitors

Second – the seat that is being installed is designed for babies 9 months+.

Maxi-Cosi Tobi convertible seat

After being inundated with comments on their official Facebook page, Plunket’s chief executive Jenny Prince said,

“Plunket’s priority is to ensure car seats are installed by qualified car seat technicians to ensure they perform correctly. While Plunket recommends that children stay in rear-facing seats until age two, it is not a legal requirement.”

I personally think their ‘statement’ is crap.  At the end of the day, the car seat install service should know better and EVERY precaution should be taken to keep the Prince safe.  The rear-facing position is the most standard rule for children under a year.  It was just a couple of years ago that this was increased to two years.  There is no reason for the Prince to be turned around yet.

In 2011 when the AAP issued the new recommendations Dennis Durbin, M.D., F.A.A.P., a pediatric emergency physician and co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of the policy statement said,

“A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body.”

It is odd to me that the Duke and Duchess aren’t more concerned or educated about how to position their car seat to ensure that their child is as safe as possible in the event of an accident.

Eight-Month-Old Prince George, Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Dog Lupo

The other issue may be that they aren’t aware of the current recommendations and the staff that is supporting them is not up-to-date.

Excuses aside, I hope they are listening to the public and will consider changing the seat and its positioning.

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Lisa Arneill
Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!

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Lisa Arneill

Founder of Growing Your Baby and World Traveled Family. Canadian mom of 2 boys, photo addict, lover of bulldogs, and museumgoer. Always looking for our next vacation spot!

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  • In many states, rear-facing seats are a LEGAL requirement until at least age 1, or 20 pounds. I am with you – all parents really should do their best to stay updated on the most recent recommendations regarding car safety for children. Our 4 and 5 year-old are still in high-back, five point harnesses. When my older children were that age, they were in regular boosters. But the recommendations and laws were different. I would hate to live with the guilt of knowing I could have prevented something happening to one of my children in an accident.

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