Q. What should I look
for when buying a Cargo Barrier?
A. If available, you
should always try to purchase a Cargo Barrier that is designed, tested and
rated to the
(Australian/New Zealand) AS/NZS 4034 standard. Sometimes where a particular
Cargo Barrier may not be
available for your vehicle, generally there is at least one distributor
can manufacture a “one off special” to suit. In these cases, the barrier
should be manufactured
and installed similar to the fully rated product.
Q. How long does it take
to install and move your Cargo Barriers?
A. It can take between
one to three hours to install one of our Cargo Barriers depending on the
number of mounts and
complexity. Once our aftermarket mounting system is installed it
generally remains there
for the life of that vehicle. The Cargo Barrier is then held into position
through the upper and
lower mounts. If the barrier requires movement to another location,
it’s simply a matter of
removing the four fixings attaching the Cargo Barrier to the vehicle &
then relocating and
re-attaching fixings. This process takes approximately five to ten minutes.
Q. Can I install a Cargo
A. Our Cargo Barrier
packages are sold complete with all the instructions and fittings required
for installation into
their intended vehicles. However, we strongly suggest that an authorized
outlet carry out the
installation. Generally there is a high degree of technical experience and
special tools required
to drill vehicle body to accommodate our mounting system. All our
products must be
installed as outlined in each package to ensure that they meet their intended
safety use and rating.
Q. Can I use some of the
existing captive nuts already in the vehicle to install your
A. In most cases an
aftermarket mounting plate kit is required to safely mount our Cargo
Barrier into position.
There are some late model vehicles that have been manufactured to
incorporate the Cargo
Barrier mounts into the vehicle's body structure. Unless existing captive
nuts or mounts have been
specially designed and tested to withstand the necessary energy
levels required to hold
back the load and Cargo Barrier in the event of a collision, we
recommend that you do
not use any other captive nuts or mounts located in the vehicle.
Q. If have a Cargo
Barrier behind the second row of seats, how can I carry longer
A. Most of our Station
Wagon and 4WD Cargo Barriers are designed for dual position
they are designed to locate behind the second row of seats for short
loads then may be moved
behind the front row of seats for longer loads. This location flexibility
helps to protect the
occupants in a larger range of situations.
Q. Can I buy a half
height Cargo Barrier to install above seats only?
A. The only half Cargo
Barriers we sell and recommend are those used in conjunction with a
Outback 4WD drawer
system. In this application, the Cargo Barrier locates on top of the
drawer system and the
entire luggage area opening from floor to roofline is covered.
However, we do not
recommend a half height Cargo Barrier that allows the lowering of rear
seats to carry longer
loads below Cargo Barrier. We consider this to be dangerous. In the
event of a collision,
the load is likely to move forward causing injury to occupants.
Additionally, even if
the rear seats were in the upright position, in a collision, the impact of the
load against the rear
seats could still result in a dangerous situation to occupants.
Q. How will a Cargo
Barrier effect the load area of my vehicle?
A. Where ever possible,
our Cargo Barriers are designed to fit as close and as safely possible
behind the seats of
their intended location. Although the Cargo Barrier frame takes up a small
amount of space, the
load area can be used more efficiently as luggage can be placed all the
way up to the roofline.
Q. Can I hang items on
my Cargo Barrier?
A. We do not recommend
hanging any items on Cargo Barriers as they can create additional
stresses to the Cargo
Barrier structure and its mounting points. These additional stresses
could affect the correct
operation of the Cargo Barrier and its rated performance. We
recommend that all items
be placed at floor level and as near as practical up against the Cargo
Q. Is there a Cargo
Barrier that will allow access from the front to the rear of my
A. If you continually
need access from the front passenger section through to the rear load
area (e.g. courier
work), we have some specifically designed Cargo Barriers that accommodate
this function. These are
referred to as our “Walk-Through” series and are available to suit a
number of popular late
model vans. They feature an easy access sliding door that self-closes
for your safety.
Q. Can I continue to use
a Child Seat or Baby Capsule once a Cargo Barrier is
A. Our current range of
4WD/SUV and passenger wagon Cargo Barriers have plastic hinged
covers (called child
restraint devices) included in their package. These child restraint devices
are also available
individually. Please check with your nearest distributor for price and