I've just been back to the shop to try my LO in the Compaq rear facing as that's why I wanted to buy it, to keep her rear facing for longer. She's too bloody tall! I'm so gutted. I was convinced she would be below the lower height marker especially considering the seat has been tested using a 15kg crash test dummy rear facing. I don't know why I failed to try her when I was there the other day.
Something that really annoyed me was that the sales people didn't seem to be able to comprehend that as long as LO was below the lower height marker she could use the seat rear facing up to 15kg. One of the sales women also commented that Australia has the highest car seat standards in the world after I said I wished we had the European standards and seats here. I disagreed with her and she firmly said 'yes we do' several times. She didn't even know that the seat I was looking at could hold a toddler rear facing up to 15kg if still under the lower height marker and she's selling the damn thing!
I think if you're selling car seats you should have to have a full understanding of the seats you sell as well as the current legislations and law regarding them. A bit of knowledge about other countries use wouldn't go astray either.
The simple argument is that infants and children are safest rear facing as long as possible and as Australia doesn't sell car seats compatible with doing this, it is no longer a leader in safety standards. We still can't use IsoFix legally (yet) either and that is safer simply for the fact that installation is much easier and therefore less prone to error when installing a seat. It made my blood boil to the point where I would rather buy from another store when the time comes to purchase for the new baby.
Even the US now recommends that toddlers remain rear facing until two years of age. Australia get with the times!!!
I will get off my soap box now. I just had to rant. Sorry.
I'm now reconsidering buying the Compaq for the new baby because she'll likely have to forward face before she would in the car seat my older daughter is currently in.
I weighed my daughter last night and she has hit 12kg so I have to turn her car seat around tonight. I am not happy about it. Yes, I will have heaps of leg room but I'd rather be scrunched up in the front if she could still rear face.