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

Tess Gildea

Amy Pickering

Paddy Berry

Colleen Lunsford

Ori Gradeles Scislowicz

" Thank you so much to the stork exchange for all their help on our recent trip back to Ireland. We rented a travel system with capsule and base and it really took the stress out of our holiday. Fast efficient service, polite and well mannered on the phone and in person. I have no hesitation in recommending this company and I look forward to using this service again. "

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" Again, another excellent service from Stork exchange. Made the long journey home that bit easier by being greeted with 2 car seats and installed for us. Our 2nd time using you guys and you always go above and beyond with quick replies to mails/texts and a friendly manner. Thanks for everything. "

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" Sorry for the late review. We hired a car seat for our Ireland christmas/new year trip. Great communication. Fast installation. Seat was in a perfect condition. Excellent Service. Easy return (my parents did this for us, was also no problem for the Storck Exchange team). Everything went perfcet. Thanks for everything. We are looking forward to using this service soon again. "

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" I cannot say enough good things about Stork Exchange. We just took a family vacation from the U.S. to Ireland in early March 2018. Those vacations have a lot of moving pieces, but renting from Stork Exchange turned out to be one of the least stressful parts. Communication was great and pick-up and drop-off was easy and didn't take any time at all. I would definitely rent from them again (and likely will as we travel to see family fairly often) and will recommend them to others. "

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" 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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