What means of transport can I use my child restraint system on? Is it compatible with other ways of traveling? We will now take a look at different options and see how a car seat can be compatible with many other means of transport.
In other cars:
Our child car seat could be compatible with other cars. Simply check the installation system: if the seat needs to be installed with ISOFIX, the car needs to have the corresponding fixtures. Likewise, if it has a support leg or another anti-rotation system, the vehicle must have these installed. Let's not forget that i-Size child car seats are usually bigger than others, so the car seat space must be compatible. In addition, the floor is more reinforced precisely for that Support Leg.
If we are going to drive a rental car, we can ask the rental company for a child car seat or take our own. In this case, as mentioned before, we must check its compatibility.
Regarding taxis or Vehicles-for-Hire, they might also offer us a child car seat or we can use our own for more safety. In this case, the disadvantage is having to carry it before and after the trip. We must also make sure it´s compatible. Remember that not all child car seats are compatible or can be installed in any other car.
In a van:
The same as with cars, it's a question of compatibility. However, if the van only has front seats, the child can travel in the car seat in the front. This is one of three exceptions.
We must highlight the importance of disconnecting the front airbag if the child car seat is facing backwards. This is compulsory.
In a motor home:
This is, without a doubt, a great way to travel if you want to visit different cities. We can use the child restraint system we already have for a car, as long as it is compatible. That is to say, if the seat belts are two-point belts, it is practically impossible for this to be the case as all cars have three-point belts and there are very few car seats compatible with two-point belts.
When traveling by plane we need to consider that up to the age of two, children can travel on their parent's lap using a special harness which is attached to the parent's safety belt.
For children over the age of two, the standard safety belt can be used although some airlines have a list of compatible CRSs that can be taken onto the plane and attached to the seat. Our best advice is to always check with the airline in advance about the compatibility of the restraint system to avoid surprises.
Installing a child restraint system on a motorbike is obviously impossible.
Here we tell you how these journeys must take place.
It is practically impossible to use a child restraint system. If we are talking about long distance buses or school transport, they usually have a two-point seat belt, so it is practically impossible to install a car seat.
If we are going to travel on a city bus, it is even worse as they don't have any seat belts. Sometimes and in some cities, there might be a fixed child restraint system to secure the child, such as in Madrid.
The rules indicate that if a child is over 3 years old and less than 1.35 m tall, he/she must use a seat belt when traveling by bus or with a CRS suitable for the child's weight and height. For children under the age of three, there is a gap in the law as the General Highway Code does not specify anything in this respect. You can see all the details in this computer image.
In this case, we cannot use a normal CRS because train seats do not have safety belts. A portable restraint system can only be used if it is equipped with fastening straps to secure it to the seat.