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Prince George Car Seat Installation in New Zealand

Oops! Did Prince William and Duchess Kate Make Another Car Seat Mistake?

Oops, have they done it again? Before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge even arrived in New Zealand for their three-week tour, the royal couple was already embroiled in a bit of car seat controversy. It seems that the company hired to install Prince George's car seat, national childcare advisory agency Plunket, has placed the 8-month-old's Maxi Cosi Tobi seat in the forward-facing position — a decision that has parents and safety advocates taking to the agency's Facebook page in droves.

Not only is the car seat designed for babies 9 months and older (the prince is a month shy of that requirement), Plunket's own website suggests that "To keep baby safe, keeping them in a rear-facing car seat until they are around 2 years old , or until they have outgrown their rear-facing car seat is recommended." The company is responding to critics by saying that New Zealand law does not require seats to be rear facing, and that the royal family had requested a forward-facing seat, but that isn't sitting well with critics who feel the company should have excused themselves from the installation process if it doesn't meet their safety recommendations.

This isn't the first time that Prince William and Duchess Kate have been involved in a car seat controversy. When the new parents took Prince George home from the hospital, they swaddled him before strapping him into the car seat, compromising his safety.

What do you think — should Plunket have excused themselves from this project?

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