Safety

Shotgun seat safety information

On this page you’ll find our product overviewsafety instructions, information on product safety, and a copy of the disclaimer statement that’s included with every shotgun seat sold.

Product overview

  • Designed for use on 26, 27.5 and 29 inch wheel bicycles only.
  • Using the shotgun seat will reduce the manoeuvrability of your bicycle.
  • Not suitable for children under 2 years of age, or children that are not able to sit unaided for the length of the intended cycle journey.
  • Not for racing, stunts, jumps, drop-offs or advanced trails.
  • Small parts may be present during assembly. Adult assembly required.
  • Never leave your bicycle parked with a child in the seat unattended.
  • Read all fitting and safety information before use.

Safety instructions

Before using the shotgun seat, read through the following checklist. This checklist is also included with every shotgun seat sold.

1. Follow the fitting instructions

Incorrect fitting can increase the risk of accident, injury or death, or damage to the frame of your bike. Follow the fitting instructions supplied with your shotgun seat, and contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the suitability of the shotgun seat for your bike.

2. Check your bike

Check your bike before fitting the shotgun seat, including brakes, tyres and other components. If your bike is not in sound mechanical condition, do not use the shotgun seat. Ensure that there are no sharp objects which the child can touch whilst using the shotgun seat.

3. Wear an approved helmet

For safety, the rider and the passenger must wear standards approved bicycle helmets at all times.

4. Wear closed shoes and appropriate clothing

The passenger must wear enclosed shoes at all times, and keep hands, feet and clothes away from all moving parts to minimise risk of accident, injury or death. Children need to be more warmly clothed than riders of cycles and should be protected from the rain.

5. Use both hands

The rider and passenger must each hold onto the handlebars with both hands at all times. Failure to do so increases the risk of accident, injury or death.

6. Ride with care

Your bike may ride and respond differently with a passenger on it, particularly with regard to balance, steering and braking. The movability of your handlebar may also be reduced by the use of the shotgun seat. Ride carefully at all times and ride well within your ability.

7. Stay safe

Do not use the seat if any part is broken. Check the security of fasteners frequently. Re-check from time to time that the child's weight and size do not exceed the maximum limit.

8. Be careful

The shotgun seat is not for racing, or for use with jumps, drop-offs, stunts or advanced trails. The shotgun seat has no restraint, and does not claim to protect your passenger any more than your own bike seat protects you. Ride slowly and carefully to minimise the risks and maximise enjoyment. 

Product safety

In the USANew Zealand and Australia, there is no applicable safety standard for mid-mounted child seats like the shotgun seat. The closest safety standard is ASTM F1625 in the USA, and AS/NZ 4287:1995 in New Zealand and Australia – both of which relate to restrained, rear-mounted carrier seats for bicycles. Whilst both standards above are not relevant to the shotgun seat, we still conform with many of their requirements. 

In the UK and Europe, standard EN-14344 specifies restrained transportation of children, on what is assumed to be traditional commuter bicycles. It makes no allowance for the use of child seats on full suspension mountain bikes, or the carrying of children over off-road terrain which is becoming increasingly popular as the sport of mountain biking grows.

The shotgun seat is designed for use on mountain bikes, and relies on active participation by children above the age of 2 years, not babies. Active participation by the child helps develop core bike riding skills such as leaning, balancing and turning. The centre positioning of the shotgun seat also allows rear suspension to activate unhindered, and the weight of the passenger in the centre of the bike adds improved stability and control for off-road use.

The shotgun seat is compliant with elements of EN-14344 and does not meet the requirements for restraints and seat dimensions due to requiring active participation. Kids Ride Shotgun Limited warrants that the shotgun seat is safe for its intended use, in accordance with the fitting and safety information supplied with each shotgun seat sold.

For more information on product safety, please contact us.

Disclaimer statement

The following is a copy of the disclaimer statement that is included with every shotgun seat sold.

The shotgun seat is an accessory that attaches to your bike. Any changes or modifications made to your shotgun seat will void any warranties and will be at your own risk.

When using the shotgun seat, your passenger will be unrestrained and as such carries inherent risks dangers and hazards similar to mountain biking. Using the shotgun seat does not protect your passenger from the risk of accident, injury or death.

Kids Ride Shotgun Limited provides clear fitting instructions with the shotgun seat and safety instructions relating to its use. Incorrect fitting of the shotgun seat, or the use of your bike in a way that is contrary to the safety instructions, can cause or contribute to cosmetic and/or structural damage to the frame or components of your bike or personal injury or death, for which Kids Ride Shotgun Limited accepts no responsibility. If you have any questions relating to the fitting of your seat, please contact the original place of purchase, or contact Kids Ride Shotgun Limited.

Kids Ride Shotgun Limited (including its employees or agents) will not be liable in any way for any damage, injury (including personal injury), losses, costs or expenses incurred or suffered by you or any third party that are caused by, or connected with, the purchase or use of the shotgun seat. If, for any reason, Kids Ride Shotgun Limited (or its employees or agents) does become liable to you or any other third party, its maximum liability is limited to an amount that is equal to the retail price of the shotgun seat.

The purchase and use of your shotgun seat constitutes a purchaser contract agreement. Under this contract agreement the purchaser:

  • Understands and accepts the risks associated with using the shotgun seat;
  • Understands and has fitted the shotgun seat correctly as per the fitting instructions provided;
  • Has read and accepted the shotgun seat disclaimer statement; and
  • Uses the shotgun seat entirely at their own risk.

If you do not accept the conditions above, please return your unused shotgun seat within one month of purchase to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Your use of the shotgun seat or failure to return the shotgun seat within one month of purchase constitutes acceptance of the conditions above. Kids Ride Shotgun Limited will determine, in its sole discretion, whether any returned shotgun seat is unused and therefore eligible for refund.

EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY SET FORTH ON THIS PAGE, THE SHOTGUN SEAT IS PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY EXPRESS, ORAL, OR WRITTEN WARRANTIES, AS WELL AS ANY WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY LAW WITH RESPECT TO THE SHOTGUN SEAT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

For more information on the safety of the shotgun seat, please contact us.