At The Stork Exchange we take our car seat rental very seriously. Our staff are trained and insured annually to install your car seat and demonstrate how to use it safely. As part of our customer service when you hire a car seat, we will meet you on arrival and go to your car with you, be that a private car or a rental car, and install the seat for you.
As part of our cleaning and checking process, car seats are stripped after each and every rental to be thoroughly cleaned and allow staff to check the frames, inserts, clips, straps and supports to ensure each piece is in working order.
We have several car seats on offer: baby seat and base / baby capsule, forward facing (Group 1) car seat, extended rearward facing seats and highback booster seats. Please ensure you chose the correct seat by checking your child's weight and height.
Parents coming from Australia with babies under 12 months please note: we know your baby capsules are generally from 0 - 6 months (depending on weight and height) so many of you hire the next seat up in our range. HOWEVER, in Ireland capsules are suitable up to 13kgs / 29lbs or 12 months approximately. We recommend chosing the Maxi Cosi capusle / baby seat and base before the Maxfix, which is more suited from toddler up to 4 years.
According to AA Motoring Trust, "Ensuring a child is properly restrained in a child car seat can reduce injuries by a factor of 90-95% for rear facing seats and 60% for forward facing seats"
Now it's EU law: All children must travel in a child seat, booster seat or booster cushion.
Rule of thumb: if there's a safety belt, you must use it. It's the drivers' responsibility to be sure their passengers are using seat belts and appropriate child restraints.
Weight range: for babies up to 13 kgs (29 lbs)
General age range: from birth to 12-15 months
Seat details: provide protection for baby's head, neck and spine
Weight range: for kids 9-18 kgs (20-40 lbs)
General age range: 9 months - 4 years
Weight range: 15-25 kgs (33-55 lbs)
General age range: 4-6 years
Weight range: 22-36 kgs (48-79 lbs)
General age range: 6-12 years
Seat details: You must use the seatbelt in conjunction with the booster cushion.
For cars and goods vehicles (including MPV and SUVs):
Any child under 150cms or weighing less than 36kg must be restrained in a child restraint which is appropriate for their height and weight. The safest place for a child to sit is in the back seat of the car, in the appropriate child restraint, however this is not always possible. It is safe and legal for a child of any age to sit in the front passenger seat of a car provided they are using the correct child restraint for their height and weight. However, if you are transporting a baby in a rearward facing child restraint in the front passenger seat you should disable the front passenger air bag. Please leave the air bag active for all other child restraints