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Frequently Asked Questions

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

who 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 Barrier myself?

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

Cargo Barrier?

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

installation. Generally 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

work van?

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



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