Buying a new car seat for your child can be confusing. So, what do you need to know before making the purchase? Here are some general tips, which we hope will make the whole process a little easier:
- Take both your child and car to the shop so that you can test the seats to find out which one fits best.
- Seats with “semi-universal certification” are not permitted in all vehicles. Check the seat manufacturer’s compatibility list to find out if the seat will fit in your car. If in doubt, simply ask your car dealership.
- Check the length of the seat belts in the back to ensure they are not too short!
- Children’s harnesses must be easy to adjust, so that they can be tightened or loosened depending on what the child is wearing.
- The safety seat should offer sleeping children maximum support and a comfortable, as such make sure your seat offers a sleeping position (Gr. I) or an adjustable head rest (Gr. II/III).
- Never buy a seat for the child to grow into! Even though three-year-olds are theoretically old enough to sit in a Group II/III seat, they are often too small for it at the time.
- Rear-facing child safety seats must not be installed on the front passenger seat of cars with an activated airbag. In this instance, the infant car seat must be installed on a rear seat!
- When buying a new, older and/or used child restraint system, you should always ensure that it complies with the new ECE test standard. The current standard is known as ECE-R-44/04 and reflects the state of the art. The current test label may look like this:
- And remember child car seats should be easy to install!