When it comes to choosing the best child seat, there are a lot of factors to bear in mind: the child's weight, height, age... but don't worry, because everything we're going to tell you here will make it very easy to know exactly what you should be looking for. It is important to bear in mind that while age should be taken into account as a guideline, the most important factors when it comes to choosing the right CRS are the child's weight and height. Below are the four key pointers that you should keep in mind.
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A baby is not the same as a 10 year old. Would you like to understand the criteria for choosing a seat according to age?
Up to 5 years
Child seats that face backwards are safer than those looking forward. The first prevent between 70% of all injuries and up to 90% of serious or mortal injuries and those looking forward prevent 55% of them. Carrycots and baskets are much less effective and only prevent about 25% of all injuries.
During their first year up to when the baby weighs around 9kg it should always travel facing backwards.
Children between 5 and 9 years
Child seats prevent 57% of all injuries.
Children from 10 years
You must adjust the adult seat belt to accommodate a booster seat. This prevents 50% of all injuries and 70% of serious injuries. We particularly recommend you choose booster seats, due, among other reasons, to the additional safety they offer in the event of a side impact, not forgetting the upcoming regulatory changes.
Backward facing seats for children between 0 and 5. Prevent 80% of injuries.
Forward facing seats for children between 1 and 5 (never younger). Prevent 50% of injuries.
Adult seatbelts for children between 5 and 9. Prevent 20% of injuries.
Adult seatbelts for children upwards of 10. Prevent 50% of injuries.
Remember! Child seats are the most effective option in accident prevention and the only safe option.