The last month we already gave you a little introduction to our just awarded cars seats. To get the highest protection for you child it is necessary to make the right choice what seats are the best for your kid. In this week we want to go into the single infant car seats, starting with the earliest age: the group 0+.
Group 0+ (0-13 kg, from birth to approx. 18 months)
Baby bouncers and baby carriers offer the baby very little protection in an accident.
The infant car seat is the right equipment for transporting a baby by car. This is installed as a rear-facing system (“Reboard”). The seat is either secured with a retractable three-point-belt or a belted or ISOFIX base. The European Standard ECE-R 44 dictates that a seat should face the rear until the child weighs 10kg-13 kg. There is less risk of injury to a baby in a rear-facing seat compared to a front-facing model, which exposes the weak neck muscles of a young child to excessive strain, even in a minor crash. This is because the child’s head is still very heavy compared to the rest of its body. For this reason, the child should be transported in the infant carrier for as long as possible, even if its legs protrude and touch the backrest of the car seat. If the child faces the front too early, the whiplash to the head can cause serious injury in a collision, possibly even breaking the cervical spine. The child can remain in the infant carrier up to a weight of 13kg or until the head has reached the top end of the carrier.
Please never use the infant car seat on the front passenger seat when the airbag is activated! The carrier may only be used on the passenger seat of a car, if the front airbag has been deactivated! Some car manufacturers do not allow infant carriers to be used on the passenger seat at all. The reasoning for this is based on a theoretical risk of injury sustained by the side airbag.
This was group 0+. In the next week we will continue with group I (9-18 kg, approx. 9 month to 4 years).