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MODEL I0911DA
instruction manual
IMPORTANT: KEEP THIS INSTRUCTION BOOKLET IN
THE PLACE PROVIDED ON THE CHILD RESTRAINT
Welcome to Joie™
Contents
Congratulations on becoming part of the Joie family. We are so excited to be part of your journey with your little one. While traveling
with the Joie gemm™ Child Restraint you are using a high quality
product suitable for use with children who are up to approximately
6 months of age.
Please carefully read this manual and follow each step to ensure a
comfortable ride and best protection for your child.
Quick Reference ............................................................ 1 & 2
WARNINGS ................................................................... 3 & 4
Features ......................................................................... 5 & 6
Additional Warnings ...................................................... 7 & 8
Securing Child in the Restraint ................................... 9 - 11
Shoulder Strap Height ............................................... 12 - 14
Seat Pad ........................................................................... 15 - 16
Infant Insert ......................................................................... 17
Canopy .................................................................................. 18
Carry Handle ...................................................................... 19
The Next Restraint ............................................................. 20
Installation - General .......................................................... 21
Installation - Base ....................................................... 22 - 24
Installing - Restraint ............................................................25
Please keep the Instruction Manual handy for future reference.
Tether Strap Use ................................................................. 26
DO NOT USE THIS CHILD RESTRAINT UNTIL YOU HAVE
READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS
USER GUIDE AND IN YOUR VEHICLE OWNERS MANUAL
Installation - Tether Anchorage ............................... 27 - 29
Use with Strollers ........................................................ 30 - 33
Cleaning and Maintenance ........................................ 34 - 35
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Quick Reference - Restraint and Base
Quick Reference - Use
IMPORTANT: After reading this Quick Reference
read the following instructions carefully
Head Liners and Infant
Shoulder Straps - must always
Insert - only use for smaller
be at correct height and pulled
children who require more
tight.
support.
See page 12 - 14
See page 17
Harness Straps
- must not be
twisted.
See page 14
Harness Buckle must always be
securely fastened.
See page 10
Harness Tensionpull harness tight.
See page 10
IMPORTANT: After reading this Quick Reference
read the following instructions carefully
Tether Strap - must always be
used when the restraint is
installed in a vehicle.
See page 26
Shoulder Height shoulders must
not be above
the marker line
See page 13
Secure latching
- restraint must
be securely
latched into
base.
See page 25
Child position - child
must be in full contact
with back of restraint.
See page 9
Vehicle Belt - must
always be secure
and pulled tight.
See page 23 & 24
Suitable clothing - child's clothing
must not interfere with the harness
See page 11
Base Recline adjustment - base
must be reclined correctly
See page 22
Read the whole of these instructions carefully and if there
is any doubt about the method of installation, consult the
child restraint manufacturer or agent, or a child restraint
fitting station authorized by the relevant transport
authority, or in New Zealand an agent for the vehicle.
This Child Restraint is suitable for children
up to approximately 6 months of age. See
page 4 for more detailed information.
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Carry Handle - must always be
locked into position.
See page 19
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WARNING
ADDITIONAL WARNINGS
• Use the restraint exactly as shown in the instructions.
• Supervision of children is needed because they may be able to
undo buckles.
• To ensure that baby's back is evenly supported, do not put
more than one nappy on the baby and make sure the nappy is
not folded thickly at the back.
• Do not allow the restraint to come into contact with polishes,
oils, bleach and other chemicals.
This Child Restraint is:
To be used only in a rearward-facing position until the infant's
shoulders reach the shoulder height marker (approximately 6
months of age).
Continue to use this infant restraint until the child reaches this
limit.
Infants are at risk of serious injury if they face forward too
early.
TO BE USED WITH A LAP-SASH/LAP ONLY SEAT BELT IN THE
BACK OF MOST CARS WITH FORWARD FACING SEATS.
• Destroy the restraint if it has been in a severe crash, even if no
damage is visible.
• Repairs must only be done by the manufacturer or agent.
• Fit the harness firmly to the child.
• A loose harness or restraint is dangerous.
This restraint is 700 mm long, 440 mm wide and 480 mm high
(with the handle down). Check the measurement between the
front of the seat back of the rear seat and all front seats in the
car in which the restraint is intended to be used to ensure the
space available is sufficient.
• Fit the restraint firmly to the car seat.
• Do not alter or modify this restraint.
• DO NOT USE A REAR FACING CHILD RESTRAINT WHERE AN
AIRBAG IS FITTED IN FRONT OF THE SEATING POSITION.
• THIS RESTRAINT MUST BE ATTACHED TO A CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE POINT IN THE CAR. REFER TO CAR
OWNERS HANDBOOK FOR LOCATION OF ANCHORAGE
POINTS. REFER TO A CHILD RESTRAINT FITTING STATION IF
NO ANCHORAGE POINTS ARE IN THE MOTOR CAR.
WARNING
DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN THE CAR
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Ensure that children have adequate ventilation and shade when
in the vehicle.
Do not use seat belt extenders if the car seat belt is not long
enough to secure the child restraint.
Read carefully the whole of the instructions for the installation,
and in the event of doubt about the method of installation,
consult the child restraint manufacturer or agent, or a child
restraint fitting station authorized by the relevant transport
authority, or in New Zealand, consult the agent for the vehicle.
NOTE: The warnings on these two pages are those
required by the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/
NZS 1754 for this type of child restraint. Other warnings
specific to this particular child restraint will be found on
the following pages and throughout these instructions.
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Features - Base
Features - Child Restraint
1 Carry Handle
2 Infant Insert
3 Shoulder Pads
4 Buckle and Crotch Belt
5 Harness Adjuster Button
6 Harness Adjuster Strap
7Canopy
8 Carry Handle Lock
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Harness Straps
Seat Cover
Stroller Release Handle *only used with infant car seat adapters
Shoulder Strap Slots
Base Attachment Bars
Splitter Plate
15 Tether Strap
16 Child Restraint Release Lever
17 Tether Strap Anchorage
18 Rebound Bar
19 Vehicle Belt Lock -Off
20 Level Indicator Bubble
21 Instruction Manual Storage
22 Recline Adjustment
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INSTRUCTIONS
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ADDITIONAL WARNINGS
When baby is in the restraint, ALWAYS secure the harness and
adjust to a firm fit.
Always check buckle and other parts for hot surfaces. A carrier
left uncovered in the sun could burn a child. Cover with blanket if
leaving in car.
ADDITIONAL WARNINGS
Always check child restraint to
base connection.
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CHECK
CLICK
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Do not use child restraint if any harness straps are cut, frayed or
damaged.
Do not use any products or accessories in conjunction with child
restraint not supplied with child restraint.
Fall hazard: Child’s movement can slide carrier. NEVER place
carrier near edges of countertops, tables or other high surfaces.
Always stay within arms reach whenever carrier is not on floor/
ground.
Only install child restraint in a forward facing vehicle seat. Never
install in a seat that faces the rear
or the side of the vehicle.
Suffocation hazard: Infant carrier can roll over on soft surfaces and
suffocate child. Never place carrier on beds, sofas, or other soft
surfaces.
This is a rearward facing child
restraint. Do not install facing
side or forwards.
Strangulation hazard: Child can strangle in loose restraint straps.
Always use harness. Never leave child in carrier when straps are
loose or undone.
Harness straps should be snug. A snug strap should not allow any
slack. It lies in a relatively straight line without sagging. It does not
press on the child's flesh or push the child's body into an unnatural
position.
Never install the Child
Restraint in a seat with
a front airbag. DEATH or
SERIOUS INJURY may
occur. Refer to your vehicle
Owners Manual for airbag
warnings and information.
Never place carrier on top of a shopping cart. Carrier will not be
properly secured and could fall.
Do not use carrier if it is damaged or broken.
Only use with Joie strollers or appropriate Joie adapters designed
for use with other strollers.
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Securing child in the restraint
Securing child in the restraint
1 Loosen harness by
pressing on adjuster button
while pulling on the harness
straps.
4 Place buckle tongues into
the quick release buckle.
IMPORTANT: The buckle
tongue pushed in last should
"CLICK" when it locks into
place. If it does not click,
try again or try cleaning the
buckle. See page 31.
2 Press button to open the
quick release buckle. Spread
harness straps apart.
6 Tighten harness by pulling
on the adjuster strap at the
front of the restraint.
FIRST CHECK SHOULDER
STRAP HEIGHT AND ADJUST
IF NECESSARY. See page 12
"CLICK"
IMPORTANT
Shoulder Straps must
be a firm or snug fit.
3 Place child in restraint in
seated position, firmly against
both the back and bottom of
the restraint.
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Note: you may need to
pull excess shoulder strap
webbing through the Quick
Release Buckle Tongues
upward towards the child’s shoulder and then pull
on the adjuster strap. This
may need to be repeated
several times to get the
webbing fitting snugly.
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Securing child in the restraint
7 Verify that the harness is
snug around the child’s waist
and shoulders.
IMPORTANT:
Never use clothing or
blankets that interfere
with providing a properly
tightened harness. An
unsecured child can come
out of the restraint during a
crash. Place blankets over
child AFTER harness has
been properly tightened.
Shoulder Strap Height
Correct positioning of the shoulder straps is essential for your
baby's safety.
Requirement:
The shoulder straps must be in the slots that are
nearest to the child's shoulders, but not lower than the
child's shoulders.
The straps should be in the next available shoulder
strap slots above your baby's shoulders.
TO CHECK:
1 With child placed in
the restraint, note where
the shoulder straps enter
the slots in the backrest. If
adjustment is needed follow
the next steps.
TO ADJUST:
2 With child removed, loosen
harness. Turn carrier over and
remove one shoulder strap
harness loop from the metal
splitter plate.
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Shoulder Strap Height
3 Pull loose end of harness
loop out through slot and
place in correct slot.
Shoulder Strap Height
The shoulder straps must pass
under the steel bars at the back
of the restraint.
4. Re-attach to splitter plate.
5. Repeat with the other
shoulder strap.
They must not must pass over
the outside of the steel bars
at the back of the restraint.
This restraint has a shoulder height level label. Use this to
gauge when your child is too big for the restraint. Once your
child's shoulders reach the dotted line, it is time to move to a
bigger restraint. See page 20.
IMPORTANT
Shoulder Straps must
not be twisted.
SHOULDERS MUST BE
BELOW THIS LINE
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IMPORTANT: if the baby's neck muscles
are unable to support their head,
they should remain rear facing.
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Seat Pad
Seat Pad Removal
1 Pull the fastening pieces
underneath the edge of the
seat out.
Seat Pad
4 Remove the seat pad from
the stroller release button as
shown.
2 Remove the harness from
the splitter plate.
VERY IMPORTANT: Only use this child restraint with the cover supplied or a manufacturer-authorized replacement cover with
identical shoulder height markers.
3 Remove the seat cover
from the adjustment button as
shown.
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Shoulder Pads
Shoulder pads are removable
and are not necessary for
safety.
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Canopy
Infant Insert
The infant insert can be
used to provide a snug fit for
smaller babies.
Canopy
front
To fit the canopy simply insert
the end of the canopy stay
into the mount point attached
to the side of the shell and
push firmly in until it clicks
into place.
In the back of the liner is an
extra foam pad intended for
use with low birth weight or
very small babies. This may be
removed when they are bigger.
To remove the canopy, press
the button in the canopy
mount and pull the canopy
stay out.
Remove the infant insert from
the child restraint once the
baby is bigger.
back
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Carry Handle
The carry handle can be
adjusted to 3 positions.
1 To adjust the handle
position, squeeze handle
buttons on both sides and
rotate.
2 Rotate handle until it
clicks into any of the 3
positions.
The carry handle can be
used in a vehicle in any
locked position.
Be sure handle is locked
in the carry position
before lifting carrier by
handle. An unlocked
handle could move
unexpectedly, causing
injury to child.
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The Next Restraint
This restraint is suitable for a baby up to approximately
6 months of age. When the baby’s shoulders are
level with the shoulder height marker (see page
13) they should move to a bigger restraint.
NOTE: although children
from approximately the age
of 6 months can move to a
forward facing restraint, it
is preferable if they move
first to a convertible style
restraint which has been
approved for use rearward
facing up to the age of
approximately 12 months.
Then when the child
reaches that age they
can change to a forward
facing position
The next category of
restraint is forward facing
and has a six point harness
and will be suitable for
the child until they are
approximately 4 years of age.
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Installation -General
Where to install the child
restraint?
Only install child restraint in a
forward facing vehicle seat.
Never install in a seat that
faces the rear or the side of the
vehicle.
Install in the rear seat, the
safest place is normally the
centre.
This is a rearward facing
child restraint. Do not install
facing side or forwards.
The base can be installed
on vehicles seats fitted with
either a lap belt or a lap/sash
belt.
1 To install correctly the
vehicle must be on a level
surface.
IMPORTANT
Correctly positioning the
child restraint is important to ensure that in the
event of a crash the restraint can offer maximum
protection.
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Installation - Base
2 Position base on a forward
facing vehicle seat. Use
recline adjustment to position
bubble in indicator.
Adjust base so bubble is between the black patches.
3 Use recline adjustment, if
needed, to achieve correct
angle for installation. Recline
adjustment foot snaps into
position.
4 If the recline adjustment
foot does not give sufficient
recline, add a folded towel of
similar.
IMPORTANT
Any extra padding placed
under the base must
be firmly folded so that
when the vehicle belts are
pulled up tight, the base
is secure.
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Installation - Base
5 Place the base on the
vehicle seat and route the
vehicle belt through the
opening in the base labeled
‘Belt Path’ and buckle
the vehicle belt. Both the
shoulder and lap belt must be
under the blue lock off.
Push the base into the vehicle
seat firmly and pull the vehicle
belts TIGHT before locking
them in place.
Installation - Base
REARWARD FACING BELT
PATH
6 CHECK:
a) Vehicle belt is securely
engaged in buckle.
"CLICK"
b) Vehicle lap belt or lap/sash
belts are correctly positioned
in the lock-off.
c) Vehicle belt lock-off is
securely engaged.
Use the Belt Path labels
as a guide for correct
belt placement.
IMPORTANT
Always secure the base
with a vehicle belt, even
when the restraint is not
fitted to it. An unsecured
base may be dangerous in
an accident or sudden stop.
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REARWARD FACING
BELT PATH
LAP AND SASH BELTS
d) Level indicator bubble is
fully in the clear area.
BELT HERE
IMPORTANT
Vehicle Belts must be
pulled tight. DO NOT have
any slack in the belts.
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Installation - Restraint
TO INSTALL:
First make sure there is nothing in or on the base (blankets,
toys etc). These may stop
the restraint from latching in
securely.
Lower the restraint down into
the base. Listen for a "CLICK"
from the latches in the base.
Pull up on the restraint to ensure it is securely latched.
TO RELEASE:
Tether Strap - Use
This child restraint has a
tether strap permanently attached to the base.
Always use this tether strap.
"CLICK"
Connect the tether strap to
the built-in anchorage fitting
in the vehicle, or if there is not
one available, install the anchor fitting supplied with this
restraint by following these
instructions.
NOTE: the tether strap wraps
around the sides of the restraint, not over the top.
WARNING
Straps may be damaged by unsecured
cargo in a collision.
Secure or remove
hazardous cargo
before using this strap.
Hatchback or wagon:
Do not use the child
restraint where this
strap may fall into a
split in the seat back.
Always attach hook
and remove slack.
Lift the restraint with one hand
while pulling up on the release
latch at the back of the base.
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Installation - Tether Anchorage
Installation - Tether Anchorage
Always connect the snap
hook securely to the anchorage fitting.
Adjust the tether tension until
the webbing is pulled tight
- but not so tight that it is
lifting the child restraint off the
vehicle seat.
If the car is fitted with a child
restraint anchorage point:
Lock
Washer
Locate the anchorage point
behind the rear seating
position (consult the vehicle
owners handbook for location of the anchorage point).
Remove the thread plug from
the parcel shelf/floor/roof and
install the attachment bolt as
shown opposite.
Pull to increase tension
Anchor
Fitting
Spacers
(if
required)
Vehicle
Trim
CAUTION:
DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN THE
ATTACHMENT BOLT. MAXIMUM TORQUE 20Nm.
The anchor fitting must be
aligned as shown unless
stated otherwise in the vehicle
owners handbook.
If drilling a new hole, select a
position on the centre line of
the seating position, and no
closer than 100 mm from the
front edge of the parcel shelf.
In some vehicles without
a fixed parcel shelf an
extension tether strap
may be required. These
are available in several
different lengths and can
be obtained from child
restraint retail outlets.
Attachment
Bolt
Vehicle
Metal
Structure
FRONT OF VEHICLE
centre-line of seating position
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THIS RESTRAINT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR USE WHERE
THE ANCHORAGE STRAP MAY FALL INTO A SPLIT IN
THE SEAT BACK (E.G. HATCHBACK OR WAGON).
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Use with Strollers
Installation - Tether Anchorage
If the car is not fitted with
a child restraint anchorage
point:
For sedans only - drill a 9 mm
hole in the parcel shelf on the
centre line of the seating position as shown on page 27.
Install the anchor bolt as
shown opposite.
For vehicles other than
sedans - In Australia, consult
your nearest child restraint fitting station or traffic authority
for vehicle inspection to find
the best, correct position for
the placement of the anchorage point, and for the correct
attachment bolt length and
use of spacers.
In New Zealand, consult the
agent for the vehicle.
Attachment
Bolt
Anchor
Fitting
Spacers
(if required)
Vehicle Trim
Vehicle
Metal
Structure
Reinforcing
Washer
Lock Washer
Nut
This Child Restraint is designed to attach to Joie stroller models
featuring a special tray, armbar or leg support.
The stroller models include, but are not limited to the following:
all Muze, Litetrax, Brisk, and Mirus models.
STROLLER USE WARNINGS
Never have more than one baby or child in the travel system at one time i.e. do not have one baby in the carseat and another in the stroller.
Always engage the stroller brakes before attaching the child restraint.
Check that the parts used to attach the child restraint are
securely fastened on the stroller.
Before attaching the child restraint recline the stroller seat back to the lowest position.
FRONT OF VEHICLE
WARNING
CHILD RESTRAINTS MUST NOT BE ATTACHED TO
UNSOUND METAL OR WOOD OR SYNTHETIC STRUCTURES. WHEN DRILLING THE 9 MM HOLE DO NOT DRILL
THROUGH FUEL LINES, FUEL TANKS, ELECTRICAL WIRING, OR RADIO SPEAKERS. WEBBING STRAPS MUST BE
PROTECTED FROM SHARP CORNERS AND EDGES.
THE ANCHOR FITTING MUST BE USED ONLY AS DESCRIBED ABOVE. IT MUST NOT BE HOOKED ONTO ANY
OTHER OBJECT.
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Use with Strollers
Use with Strollers
To attach the child restraint to
a Joie stroller, follow these
steps:
1. Attaching to Tray
3. Attaching to Bumper Bar
Place child restraint into the
stroller so the notches in the rockers fit over the edge of
the bumper bar, tray or leg support. The child restraint
will then automatically click into place. (Fig. 1, 2, 3 &
4)
For strollers using the leg
support to attach the child
restraint, first adjust the leg
support to the vertical
position, detach the hook and
loop fasteners, and then fold
the fabric cover back. (Fig.
2.1)
2. Attaching to Leg Support
If the bumper bar has a fabric
cover, detach the hook and loop fasteners on the
cover first and fold the fabric back. (Fig. 4.1)
4. Attaching to Bumper Bar
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Cleaning and Maintenance
Use with Strollers
Use the straps on both sides
of stroller to fix the child restraint. ( Fig. 5)
5.
SEAT COVER
Wash with cold water and mild
detergent.
Do not iron.
Do not bleach or dry clean.
Do not twist the soft goods to dry
with great force. It may leave the
seat cover with wrinkles.
IMPORTANT
Pull the child restraint
upwards to check that it is fitted securely.
Hang dry the seat cover in the
shade.
PLASTIC AND METAL PARTS
To remove the child restraint,
release the straps from the
child restraint, pull up the
stroller release handle to
release the child restraint
from the tray or bumper bar
or leg support, and then lift
child restraint out of stroller.
(Fig. 6)
If you have any problems
using these strollers, please refer to their instruction
manuals.
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6.
Use only mild detergent, water
and a soft cloth to clean the car
seat shell, handle and harness
straps. Air dry.
Do not use undiluted detergent﹐
or other solvents to clean - these
may cause damage.
HARNESS STRAPS
Either spot clean or replace.
DO NOT IMMERSE THE
HARNESS STRAPS IN WATER.
NEVER iron the harness straps,
doing so may weaken the webbing.
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Cleaning and Maintenance
HARNESS BUCKLE
To clean the buckle: rinse using
warm water. DO NOT use any
soaps, solvents or lubricants.
Using anything other than
water can cause the buckle to
malfunction. Air dry.
When the buckle is operating
correctly the tongues will push in
easily and the second tongue will
CLICK when it latches into place.
If the buckle does not appear
to be working correctly get
it checked or replaced by
contacting the retailer from
where it was purchased,
or by contacting Bambino
International.
STORAGE
Remove the child restraint from
the vehicle seat if not in use for a
long period of time. Put the child
restraint in a cool, dry place and
somewhere your child cannot
access it.
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Australia Power Brands Pty Ltd
ACN 081952561
Bambino International Division
82 Bellingara Road, Miranda, NSW 2228
P.O. Box 2145, Taren Point, NSW 2229,
Australia.
Phone: (02) 8543 5570 Fax: (02) 8543 5571
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