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Practical advice

In the hope of keeping our children safe during a journey.

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It is important for the child car seat to be an approved one. This means that the seat complies with safety standards and has successfully passed  certain safety tests. 

Child car seats in the European Union are currently approved under two standards. There is the R44-04 standard, which is based on the child's weight; and the R-129 (i-Size) standard, which is based on height. The i-Size or R-129 approval standard is slowly replacing R44 and will be eventually be the definitive piece of legislation in this regard. 

These two approval standards differ in certain aspects. Take a look at the differences between the two here.

The type of child seat is determined by weight and height (age is an indication). Just the same as clothes, the child needs to change the size of the seat as it grows.

It is fundamental that the child seat is properly and firmly fixed to the vehicle seat, and that the harness or seatbelt is also a snug fit around the child.

The ISOFIX system makes a marked difference in the ease of installing the child seat into the vehicle, reducing the possibility of incorrect fitting, and so generally improving safety.

Never install a backward facing child or baby seat in the front passenger seat without first deactivating the front airbag.

In the same way that some cars are safer than others, some child seats are safer than other. Good information is fundamental.

Purchase the child seat in a trustworthy store where the salesperson is able to answer all your queries, that will help with the first installation and will allow you to return the seat should you not be totally happy with it.

In the car, as at home, don’t give in to their protests and tears “ the car will not move until they are all strapped in to their child seats and have fastened their seatbelts”.

Not all child restraint systems can be installed in every vehicle. We need to check whether the seat can only be installed with the ISOFIX system or if it can also be secured with a seat belt. 

We should also bear in mind that i-Size child car seats can only be installed in car seats which are categorized as i-Size. For this reason, child car seat manufacturers usually provide a list of cars that are compatible with this kind of seat and where it can be fitted. Find out how cars have adapted to the i-Size standard.

Lots of seats also have other systems such as a ‘Support Leg’ or Top Tether although there are certain vehicles in which they cannot be installed. 

Therefore it is best to first check that the child car seat is compatible with your vehicle and to install the seat with the help of a professional in order to ensure that the seat can be properly and safely fitted in the car.

Overcoats, large sweatshirts... Putting a child in a child restraint system with bulky clothing on can compromise their safety as it appears that they are well-secured in the seat when in fact they are not. 

We know that a harness is correctly adjusted when we can only get two fingers between the child's body and the harness. We cover why a tight harness is a safe harness in this article.

The bulkiness of the coat makes the harness too slack and we mistakenly think that it is correctly adjusted. This way, the car seat cannot perform correctly and protect the child in the event of an accident.

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