Car Child Seat Guide

To celebrate child safety week, we have put together a guide on child car seats.

The main thing with child seats is ISOFIX (International Standardization Organization Fixation), this combination of letters could save a child’s life, so it is important you make sure you buy a car with it fitted and a child seat that is compatible with it. Cars with ISOFIX have two clips connected to the cars chassis to keep the child seat in place in the event of a crash. As well as being safer, it’s also easier to use ISOFIX over a seatbelt. ISOFIX simply clicks into place

The main thing with child seats is ISOFIX (International Standardization Organization Fixation), this combination of letters could save a child’s life, so it is important you make sure you buy a car with it fitted and a child seat that is compatible with it. Cars with ISOFIX have two clips connected to the cars chassis to keep the child seat in place in the event of a crash. As well as being safer, it’s also easier to use ISOFIX over a seatbelt. ISOFIX simply clicks into place whereas, when using a seat belt you would have to thread the belt into the seat.

ISOFIX was first used in the 1997 Volkswagen Passat, but has now become a standard feature on most modern cars from the Dacia Sandero right up to the Ferrari FF. Even though most cars have ISOFIX as standard; not all child car seats are the right shape to fit in the rear of some sports cars. If you own a sports car like this you should go to a specialist retailer and see if the seat will fit before you purchase.

The law states that children under the age of 12 or under 135cm must use a child seat. There are different types for different ages and some can convert for your child as they grow up. Some manufacturers have built in child seats like in the Mercedes B-Class and Volvo XC-90.

From birth, a baby should be in a baby seat or combination seat, you should use a rear facing seat for as long as possible, but remember to disable your passenger airbag if the child is going in the front. Instructions on how to do this will be in your car’s handbook.

Once the child has reached the age of four, they should move up to a forward facing booster seat, high-backed booster seat or a booster cushion. At any age, if a child reaches 135cm, they are ready for an adult seat belt. These regulations may be different when traveling abroad so check before you leave.

For exact information ask a manufacturer or retailer as there are many options for many ages and weights.

DISCLAIMER

The information contained herein is for general guidance and information only, and therefore reliance on this information should not be a given and accuracy, reliability or suitability and any reliance on this information is STRICTLY at your own risk. Always contact a manufacturer or supplier before purchasing a child seat to ensure you are using the correct standard.

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