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Child car seat
There are various criteria to consider when choosing the perfect child seat. Follow this device to find out which model is the right one for you and whether you need a baby car seat or a child car seat. There are many suppliers of baby and child car seats and we offer models by most of them in our online shop: Maxi-Cosi, Britax Römer, Cybex, Osann, Joie, Hauck, Chicco, Mifold, ABC Design, Peg Perego and many more.
You’re looking for maximum safety for your child? Which approval labels are there?
There are currently two safety standards for car seats. ECE R44 and – since 2014 – also ECE R129 (also called i-Size). Both standards are defined by the ECE (Economic Commission for Europe).
The ECE R44 label classifies child seats according to body weight. The age of a child is secondary. The overlap in weight makes sure you have enough time to get hold of the next larger size seat.
The newer label ECE R129 (i-Size) classifies child seats according to body size, so that the sensitive head and neck area is well protected. Child seats with the ECE R129 approval label must meet higher requirements in order to be approved; for example, they must also offer sufficient protection in the event of a side collision.
However, both standards are safe and will remain valid for several years.
Which model to choose for which age?
The ECE R44 standard has 3 groups:
Group 0 / 0+ (from birth to 18 months and 13 kg)
Group I (from 9 months to 3.5 years and 9-18kg)
Group II - III (4-12 years and 15-36kg).
There are also so-called booster seats, which are suitable for children from 4-12 years and 15-36 kg.
The ECE R129/i-Size standard is based on body height in cm.
What is Isofix?
Isofix is a standardised system the safe and quick installation of child seats in cars. The Isofix system has been mandatory for new cars since 2014. The standardised connecting pieces on Isofix child seats fit the Isofix eyelets that are attached to the car. The easy handling minimises the risk of operating errors and increases safety. This creates a firm and stable connection between child seat and car. With a suitable base station, the child seat can also stay in the car permanently. An additional support foot increases stability and shortens forward movement so that your child is always secured.
What is Top Tether?
The so-called Top Tether is a useful addition to the proven Isofix child seat fastening system. The Top Tether is an additional strap that is attached to the top of the seat and fixed to an anchor point in the car via the backrest.
Which direction does the seat face?
I’s best for your child to face backwards for as long as possible. Tests and research have shown that facing backwards is safer because the protection for head and neck is much better.
What type of seat belts are there?
There are three-point belts and five-point belts. The three-point belt is the classic version, which is also used by adults. The five-point belt is mostly used in child car seats. In this system, all safety belts come together in the middle, which means that both shoulder sections are also secured.
May a child seat be mounted on the front passenger seat?
According to the law, children may also ride in the front passenger seat, but if the child seat faced backwards, the airbag must be deactivated.
What clothing is suitable when travelling by car?
The clothing should be as tight as possible. It’s advisable to take off thick sweaters, jackets, etc. so that the safety belt is close to the body.