Have you heard of the rotating car seats? Are you thinking about buying one? In this article we look at the features when choosing a rotating child restraint system. The most important thing to consider is that a rotating seat is just as safe as a non-rotating seat, provided a number of precautions are taken into account, as discussed below.
The main advantage of rotating car seats is how easy it is for parents to place the child in the car seat and taking him or her out. On most occasions, all they have to do is press a button and the seat turns towards the door. Now the child is facing us and it is much easier to put the child in and take him or her out of the car.
-They are mainly installed with an Isofix system. The Isofix base has this rotation option.
-Not all car seats have the same rotation angle. There are 90º, 180º and 360º rotation car seats on the market. A car seat can be simply rotated to allow easy entry and exit of the CRS or it can be rotated 180° to change the direction of travel.
-This type of car seat is available on the market from 0 kg up to 36 kg.
-There are also evolving rotating car seats, that is, the same chair adapts to all stages of the child's development, and specific chairs depending on the month and height of the child. We do not recommend this option.In fact, at Fundación MAPFRE we advocate a child restraint system adapted to the characteristics and needs of the child, that is, a newborn baby does not need the same car seat as a child. Here are some tips to choose a CRS. Car seats should be changed as the child grows.
Rotation car seats are neither less nor more safe than other car seats. They are approved and, therefore, completely safe. Most car seats have been put through additional external control tests such as those undertaken by the ADAC Stiftung Warentest organization.
-Never drive when the car seat is turned,,especially if the child is in the car seat.
-Most car seats have the option for the child to travel rearward facing or forward-facing. We emphasize how important it is for children to face backwards for as long as possible and at least until the age of 4 years. Do not make the mistake of placing the child forward-facing too early and, of course, always follow the manufacturer's instructions. The user's manual will indicate when the car seat can be placed looking forwards.
-It is easier to place the child in the car seat and to take him/her out. All you need to do is turn it.
-They can be very useful for children with different needs. It makes seating them correctly much easier.
-As they are fastened with the Isofix system, any errors when seating them in the car are avoided. All you need to do is to fasten the anchors. Here we tell you how.
-When the time comes to change the direction of travel (remember that we advise that the child travels rear-facing for as long as possible), simply press the button and turn the seat around. With the CRS that turn completely, you do not have to uninstall them.
-Most of these car seats comply with the i-Size standard, although there are also R44-04 approved rotation car seats in the market. We would also like to highlight that the i-Size car seats have been subject to safety tests such as side impact tests. Here you can find out about the advantages of the i-Size car seats.
-They make it easier to travel with the child in a rear-facing position for longer. It is easier to place the child in this direction and they travel this way for longer.
-Most of these rotating seats have Isofix systems and therefore cannot be installed in cars without this system.
-They are usually larger seats, so they may not be compatible with the size of the seats in the vehicle. Therefore, their compatibility should be checked before purchasing them. The manufacturer usually indicates the car models where it can be installed without problems.
-They are, on average, more expensive than traditional fixed seats.
-Due to their rotating base, they have less legroom when facing backwards.
-They are usually heavier than other car seats. This makes it slightly more complicated to change them from one car to another.