Are you safe2go trained? I looked on this website but couldn't find you (sorry I just prefer to make sure i'm taking advice from someone who is trained on such a precious matter as carseat safety):
Yes I am: I am Safe2Go trained. My certificate was earned on 17th February 2006; it is valid for 12 months and will be updated early 2007. (This information is available on the very first page of the website)
I’ve also applied recently for the trainer position.
I can critique the other mentioned site highly. But I will not do so.
I also run this site in my own time. The site has been made by myself does not use a template like the other site. Templates are preloaded and you simply click and load images, and enter the text on to the site.
www.childrestraints.co.nz has been made by entering loads of script and started from blank pages using front page. This requires hours of planning for layouts, and entering tables, frames, images, text and codes to enable the pages to work.
I have been working with child restraints for over 7 years. I currently have access to 8 car seats ranging in price from $140 - $989 (that is per seat), (Safe-n-sound, Babywell, Recaro, IGC & Mothercare). Also yesterday 2x maternity seat belts donated to me from a supporting company.
I have knowledge of seats dating back to 1990's. Namely Century & Evenflo. These companies were originally patented in 1985 for century and 1986 for evenflo.
Prior to that was the GM love seat rear facing infant seat (non rocking base, no handle and very heavy) and the forward facing gm love seat from 8 - 18 kgs. Very ugly seats.
From there developments have improved to the likes of the Safe-n-Sound AHR and Recaro branded seats.
I do not promote any particular brands of seats as this can make people feel guilty when they cannot afford a specific brand of seat. Of course people want to promote the best, as best is business. But as incomes of patrons changes often it is best to offer advise on a "range" of seats, both price wise and feature wise.
I am currently in the process of looking into importing seats that harness children past 18kgs, and gaining certification to do so as well as registering as a charity or business, as well as running education classes to parents/caregivers and the local community, not to promote seats, but to promote correct use, and encourage parents to keep their children in child restraints for longer durations, as well as keeping a child rear facing until 12 months.
My site has been checked over by an ACC agent, LTSA staff as well as members of Plunket. There has been no reports of incorrect information.
When I look at any child restraint the entire seat is looked at not just the outer covers. I remove the belts and covers. See how easy they are to fit in a standard vehicle, and compare them to other similar seats.
ie, babywell to safe-n-sound Compaq.
There is a lot more to my developments that it seems.
My site was uploaded to the internet early 2006, the site you mention was uploaded some time later and the safe2go site only recently.
I understand there is competition in this world and I can accept that. However as the consumer you (and others) need to be aware of the information you may come across as not all things on the internet, or even in baby stores can be correct so sometimes your own research needs to be done.
Also I'm sure that places like the Baby Factory dislike being compared to that of Baby City. I have had some very postive reviews about my website. I was going to link it to Bonnie's site but the comments I have received from her supporters have meant that this link will not be provided as there is no need for patrons to run down another company/person for no real reason. (Please keep this in mind, as these comments can have very hurtful affects)
I will look into the images, as they may need to have the resolution reduced to reduce the lag time.
If you can mention where the site has these issues, that is with images or broken links I can have these fixed within 24 hours.
Thanks for your feedback, hope that answers your questions.