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Post August review

29/08/2014

You must be sure that the child seat included with the car can be adjusted to the age and weight of your child. Ensure that it is in original condition and that it hasn’t been involved in a serious accident.
In a high percentage of cases children are not properly restrained. There are 3 reasons why, incorrect installation, mistakes in using the seat and errors made when using the ISOFIX.
When installing the seat avoid the most common mistakes, that is to say the correct adjustment of the anchors, the position of the seat and the direction it faces. Check the instructions. The most common mistakes are to choose a seat based on age and weight, the child leaves the seat too quickly and making sure that the child is properly fastened in. The ISOFIX system aids the installation and reduces the percentage of incorrect use (from 40% to 20%). Different cars can make installation more difficult as the depth and accessibility of the anchors can vary a lot. To be sure the seat is perfectly installed, ISOFIX seats carry an indicator, which turns green once the seat is properly fixed.
WERE SHALL I PUT IT?
There are certain variables, which influence where the seat is placed inside the car, depending on the type of seat, if we wish to place it backward facing should we have another passenger.
The best place to position the child seat is on the middle of the back seat, this offers the best protection in a lateral collision and makes it easier to attend to the child from the driving seat. Sometimes there are other reasons why we place the child seat somewhere else in the vehicle: if we are alone in the car, if the child is older and able to use the seat belt or the headrest, or if the middle seat only has a belt with only two anchors or there is no headrest (in which case it is better to place the SRI on one of the side seats). Last of all if the seat is an ISOFIX seat it is always better in the middle of the back seat.

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