What You Need To Know About Car Seats

What You Need To Know About Car Seats
August 7th, 2017, All 4 Baby,

Some basic points to know

  • Children under 12 years of age or less then 1.5 meter tall should always travel in a car seat.
  • While adults are protected by 3-point seat belts and air bags, these measurements are not suitable and even dangerous for smaller children.
  • Not only is this the only way to safely transport your child in a motor vehicle, it also adds to their comfort as the seats are specially designed for their smaller bodies.
  • Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat when there is an active frontal airbag.
  • Keep your baby rear-facing as long as possible. That can mean up to 13 KG in most current convertible seats unless they outgrow it by height first.
  • Select a car seat that is tested according to a safety standard. Most are tested according to European Regulation ECE R44. Read the next page to know how to recognise a tested seat and whether it is suitable for your child.
  • Always read the instruction manual of your vehicle and car seat thoroughly.  They often contain specific information about car seat installation that may not be obvious.  Some models may vary from what you would expect.
  • Make sure that the harness fits snugly on your child, the car seat fits snugly in your vehicle and that your vehicle seat belts are locked properly



 

Age groups for Car Seats

Group

Weight / Age of Child

Installation

0+

0-13 kg / newborn – 15 months

Only rearward facing

1

9-18 kg / 9 months – 4 years

Only forward facing

0/1

0-18 kg / newborn – 4 years

Combination seat

0-13 kg = rearward facing

>10 kg = forward facing

0/1/2

0-25 kg / newborn – 7 years

Combination seat

0-13 kg = rearward facing

>10 kg = forward facing

1/2/39 – 36 kg / 9 months – 12 yearsOnly forward facing

 

Car seats that have been tested and approved according to the European Standard will have an orange label attached to the side or the back of the seat.

The label MUST show the following criteria :

ECE R 44 is regulation number /03 means the edition

- means the seat is suitable for all standard cars

- indicates the age and weight group for which the seat is suitable. (see table above)

- indicates which country issued the appoval
E4 = The Netherlands
E1 = Germany
Etc

- Approval number issued by the government in the country of application. Without this number the seat has most likely NOT been approved yet.