How to choose the Right baby car seat

The statistics of road reports in recent years are very disappointing. On the roads of Russia every year killed up to a thousand children, and tens of thousands receive various injuries and injuries. You have probably seen more than once how in passing cars children are not wearing seat belts, they “jump” on the car’s interior. And the presence of a special child car seat and do not have to talk. All that’s left is to feel sorry for these parents. And it is not even a fine, provided for this violation for 3000 rubles. In the absence of a chair on the account can be human life!

This article will tell you what parameters to choose a child car seat and what to pay attention to. We warn the choice will remain difficult because different in design and price car seats are very much.

NOTE

When choosing a chair, keep in mind that they must meet an international standardization organization’s standards. Europe has long had strict rules on the transportation and safety of children. Therefore, each seat must be aware that it meets the European safety standard ECE R44/03 or ECE R44/04. According to it, the chairs’ classification is divided into five groups, varying in the maximum age and weight of the child who can sit in it. But since children of the same age can be quite different in composition, it is necessary to consider the weight, the same age specified by the manufacturer approximately.

GroupWeightAge
Group 00 – 10 kg.0 to 6 months.
Group 00 – 13 kg.0 to 12 months.
Group 19 to 18 kg.From 1 year to 4 years.
Group 215 to 25 kg.Three to seven years.
Group 322 to 36 kg.Six to 12 years old. Height up to 150 cm. 

TYPES OF CAR SEATS

Group 0

Auto-cradle, group 0 chair. Designed to carry a newborn baby. A wide belt fixes the baby in it; the head is additional protection. Travel in such a cradle is possible until the age of 3-4 months. Many popular manufacturers have abandoned car seats in this category, preferring the group of 0. The reason for this – numerous crash tests, showing that such car holes are unsafe, and sometimes even dangerous for use. And, as a rule, the child quickly grows out of such a chair.

Group 0

Many combined strollers, popularly called “3 in 1”, are equipped with just such a car seat. They allow you to carry a child weighing up to 13 kg and up to 1 year old. These cradles are used as a mobile carrier for the child. If desired, they can be put on the wheels-chassis from the stroller. This chair’s design is very convenient for the baby, without disturbing his sleep during the outing. Install a car seat against the car’s movement (back forward) to protect the cervical vertebrae of the child during sharp braking. The baby is fixed in a reclining state by wide five-point straps. The seat itself is fastened with Isofix or standard seat belts.

Group 1

When your child is sitting on his own and weighing more than 9 kg, you should move to group 1 chairs. They are designed for children between the ages of one and four. Car seats of this kind are installed only in the car’s direction and fixed in two tilt positions – for sleep and wakefulness. The child is wearing internal five-point seat belts or a special table. The area of the baby’s head is provided with additional protection from the side impact. The seat is fastened either by regular seat belts or by the Isofix system.

Group 2

Chairs of this kind are installed only on the way of the car. Designed for children weighing from 15 to 25 kg. Equipped with guides that allow for fastening the child with a regular three-point seat belt of the car. There are no internal belts in such a group. In chairs of this kind, there is the possibility of adjusting the back by height, which allows you to adjust it for the growth of the child. A convenient feature when you can split the back and seat to use the latter as a group 3 car seat.

Group 3

Boosters are often the name of the group 3 chairs. They are stripped of their backs but are equipped with armrests and seatbelt guides. This seat is sold separately or remains from the previous group. Suitable for children weighing between 22 and 36 kg, with a child between 120 and 150 cm tall.

USEFUL TIPS

  • When buying a chair, be sure to put the baby in it. It must correspond to his weight, and he was comfortable in it.
  • For practical use, buy chairs that combine three groups (1, 2, 3). This will avoid unnecessary financial costs. Thus, one car seat will last you much longer.
  • When transporting children up to 3 years of age, be sure to fasten them with Y-shaped (five-point) seat belts, because only they can prevent chest damage and spinal injuries.

MANUFACTURERS OF CHILDREN’S CAR SEATS

According to the results of crash tests, the best chairs are produced by European firms. You can particularly trust the products Cybex, ROMER, MAXI-COSI, Jane, Chicco, Kiddy, and Recaro. Such car seats in the event of a traffic accident will provide your child with maximum safety.

WIDESPREAD CUSTOMER ERRORS

  • You will make a mistake if you buy a group 2 child car seat with Isofix, as it can hold an 18-kilogram weight as much as possible. In chairs of this type, it will play the only formal character.
  • Think before you buy a used car seat. Despite the external attractiveness, it can be subject to constructive marriage, which is not visible visually. In order not to risk the most valuable passenger, buy new seats in stores.
  • Do not save on child safety and buy a budget chair. Cheap Chinese plastic and unreliable fastenings can fail at the most inopportune moment.

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