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Choosing the Right Child Car Seat for Maximum Safety

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
Choosing the Right Child Car Seat for Maximum Safety

When travelling by car with young children, their safety will always be a priority, and it is always important to take necessary safety measures. One of the key points to keep in mind when driving your children is choosing the right child car seat for maximum safety and comfort.

The restraint system should be based on the weight and height of the child -never on their age - so you will need to change the car seat quite regularly as the little one grows. You should also ensure that the seat meets international safety standards and has a sticker or tag that shows it is approved. So to help you make a good choice, at OneHowTo we tell you how to correctly choose a car seat for your child.

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Steps to follow:
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Child Car Restraint Systems are categorised in line with safety standards into distinct child car seat groups (0, 1, 2 and 3) that correspond to the weight and height (never their age!). In addition, there are adjustable chairs for use as children grow (0/1 group, group 1/2/3...).

Choosing the Right Child Car Seat for Maximum Safety - Step 1
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Group 0

Car seats from group 0 are the smallest, designed for children weighing less than 10 kg (typically up to about 9 months old). You can opt for a basket that you always put in the back seats and in a transverse position, or for a carrier, which may be placed facing forward or back in the front or rear seats. In all cases, the baby is attached to the child safety seat by the harness of the seat itself.

Choosing the Right Child Car Seat for Maximum Safety - Step 2
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Group 0

These chairs are for children who weigh less than 13 kg (up to 18 months approximately). As in the case of group 0, this is a baby carrierwhere the little one is secured by the seat harness. If a front passenger airbag is activated, only install the carrier in the back seat of the vehicle.

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Group 1

For children between 9 and 18 kg (usually from 9 months to 4 years old), use car seats in group 1. These are chairs you can install in the opposite direction to the driver, or facing forward in the rear seats. The child is attached to the safety seat with the harness, while the chair is fixed to the car with the seat belt.

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Group 2

When our children reach a weight between 15 and 25 kg (which usually corresponds to ages between 3 and 6), opt for the group 2 booster seat. This is a seat with a back that is installed in the front or back of the vehicle, in the direction of travel. With these, children are attached to the seat with the seat belt of the car.

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Group 3

Finally, once the children weigh between 22 and 36 kg (usually between 6 and 12 years old), choose a booster seat or cushion. You can put both in the front and rear of the vehicle and they face in the same direction of travel. These child restraint systems also use the car seat belt to restrain the children.

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Larger than 135cm

Children bigger than 1.35m in height (usually 12 years old) may use standard vehicle seat belts. For children under 12 who reach this height and up to 150cm, they should continue to use a booster cushion. In all cases, the diagonal part of the seat belt should go over the collarbone, over the shoulder and rest against the chest, while the ventral part should be as low as possible over hip.

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Tips
  • Adapt the child retention system (CRS) to the progressive growth of the child.
  • Children learn by example, so it is important to be a good role model and always wear a seat belt.

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