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The safety of the youngest is based on the use of child car seats. So it is worth choosing a vehicle that allows the safe and easy installation of the seats that you will require. Whenever possible, children should travel in the rear seats but not all vehicles allow 3 children to travel in the back at the same time.

Remember: Big is better and… Prepare for everything!

Installing a child in a car seat and then fastening in your child would normally require a certain amount of freedom of movement and easy access to the back seats. Vehicles with only three doors don’t allow much room for easy maneuver so a vehicle with four or five doors is much more convenient.

Five is better than three

Travelling with children, above all when very small, there is a lot of luggage: pushchairs, bottles, diapers, toys, food, travel cots… All of this must be taken into account when you are looking for a family vehicle.

It should have plenty of storage space.

Although in reality many seats are compatible with the majority of vehicles, in some cases it may be difficult to install correctly a particular model of child seat in a particular model of vehicle. To eliminate any doubts it is a good idea to try to install the child seats in the vehicle you a thinking of buying. Some of the ISOFIX, on the other hand, can only be installed in certain models of vehicles. (A list of approved vehicles is always provided with the seat).

Although most are compatible, always check first.

It is certainly the case that both systems are very safe and that it all depends on your ability to properly install the child car seat. 

With ISOFIX anchorages there is no room for error (take a look at information on this system here). If we are installing a child car seat with a seat belt we must ensure that we are following all of the manufacturer's instructions, step by step. We should route the belt through all the slots indicated by the child restraint system manufacturer (learn about the different ways to install a child car seat).

ISOFIX anchors prevent you from making mistakes in installation, therefore the child seat can be correctly and far more easily installed in the vehicle. When it comes to installing the seat with the seat belt, it must be routed through all the slots and should be pulled tight and not folded over in any way. 

Whichever system you end up choosing, both are extremely safe and essential options. You should read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and follow all the steps indicated when installing the seat and when securing the child in it.

We will find a number of different safety systems or devices inside cars which help improve children's road safety and which should therefore be taken into account when choosing a vehicle.

A child restraint system, known as a CRS, is the best possible safety system for young children. Vehicles with ISOFIX anchors help ensure that the seats are installed correctly and therefore also contribute to overall safety. Securing a child car seat with a seat belt is also safe to do (providing this is indicated by the manufacturer) although we must make sure we follow each and every one of the steps in order not to make any mistakes. Take a look at this article on how to install and correctly secure a child car seat and how to put the child in the seat properly.

Moreover, many cars are equipped with ‘i-Size’ seats, which are larger and allow for car seats approved under the R-129 standard to be installed on them (here we cover what this consists of). These cars usually have a reinforced floor in order to be able to install child car seats with a Support Leg while some also have a Top Tether.

One important factor to take into account regarding large families is to ensure that the rear seats are independent of one another and that there are three completely separate seats, thus enabling child car seats to be installed on the three seats. 

Another very important option is the possibility to disable the front passenger seat airbag, especially if we have placed children in rear-facing seats. We should not forget that they must travelon the rear seats save for three exceptions detailed here.

It is also very important for the car to have automatic door locking so that children cannot open the doors when the car is on the road, as well as window locks. The wing mirrors also help us keep an eye on young children, particularly the central wing mirror. If a mirror is fitted onto the headrest of the rear seat where the rear-facing child car seat has been placed, the driver can see the child from the central mirror without having to take his or her eyes off the road. 

Vehicles now come equipped with advanced front airbags that can detect the severity of an accident and even the size of the passenger, whether they are using a seat belt or a child car seat as well as the seat's position. There are even systems capable of overruling airbag deployment in the case of young childrenSide airbags are also extremely useful as they protect passengers in the event of a side-on collision. Because they deploy rapidly, it is highly advisable for children to travel in the central rear seat.

We will also come across automatic windows with sensors that can detect if there is something in the way and will stop themselves from closing, a trunk that can be opened from the inside in case a child is left locked in a vehicle and a very important system, an audible alarm that warns us if a passenger is not wearing their seat belt, which can also be applied to child restraint systems.

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