We Install Our Car Seats

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.

 

Irish Car Seat Regulations: The Law

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.


Rearward facing baby seat

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

Forward facing child seat

Weight range: for kids 9-18 kgs (20-40 lbs)
General age range: 9 months - 4 years

Booster seat with back

Weight range: 15-25 kgs (33-55 lbs)
General age range: 4-6 years

Booster Cushion

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):

  • Children under 3 can only travel in cars or goods vehicles if there are fitted with the appropriate child restraint.  Taxis are exempt from this rule.
  • Children between ages 3 and 12 must use an appropriate child restraint in cars or goods vehicles if they are fitted with safety belts. If the car or goods vehicle doesn't have safety belts, they must sit in the back seat.
  • In passenger seats with an active airbag, rear-facing child restraints must not be used.

For buses:

  • Children between 3 and 12 must use safety belts if they are fitted
  • If seatbelts are available, bus drivers are required to tell passengers that it is the law to wear them

The exemptions

  • Taxis, hackneys and limousines do not need to have every kind of child restraints available
  • A child over 3 can wear a seatbelt in the back seat of a car or a goods vehicle if there is no more room for a child safety seat
  • If it is not possible to place your child in the back seat of your vehicle, they can ride in the passenger seat, as long as they are using the appropriate restraints.

Can a child sit in the front seat of a vehicle?

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

Here's What Our Customers Say

5.0 out of 5

Ori Gradeles Scislowicz

NiIcola Nelson

Daily Hunter Dewling

Bert Baraza

Dominic Doyle

Jillian Andrews McKelroy

" We would have never made our flight home if it wasn't for Bartek! He offered to jump in the car and show us exactly where to return the car and then he quickly took the car seat off our hands. When our rental company threw their hands up in the air, Stork Exchange jumped in to help us- truly went above and beyond!!!! "

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" I can’t recommend the Stork Exchange highly enough. I recently rented a double buggy for a trip to Disneyland Paris for my daughters who are 2 yrs old and 4 months old. The service was super and the quality of the buggy was excellent. Thank you so, so much for this wonderful service. We are flying to Berlin in October and will definitely be renting a buggy again. "

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" I’m so glad I found this service. We rented a stroller, car seat, and travel crib for our 12 day trip around Ireland. The equipment was in PERFECT condition. Pickup and drop off were extremely easy and efficient. I can’t recommend Stork Exchange enough! "

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" Absolutely fantastic service!! Cant say enough good things about the company and the outstanding service that was provided on our holiday. Highly recommend over using the car-hire seats. Thank you for the quick and helpful service. "

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" Excellent -- we used Stork Exchange on our recent trip to Dublin and they were extremely helpful, reliable, and efficient. Bartek gave lots of information over the phone and was very flexible in bringing an additional car seat we didn't order but may have used as an alternative if our first-choice configuration didn't fit in the car we were assigned. I cannot recommend them highly enough. "

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" If I could give 6 stars I would. Olivia was so kind and went out of her way to accommodate us. Customer service was outstanding and the equipment we rented was nice and clean. I highly recommend!!! "

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