The statistics of traffic reports in recent years is very disappointing, on the roads of USA annually kills up to a thousand children, and tens of thousands receive various injuries and injuries. You’ve probably seen more than once that the children in the passing cars are not only not wearing seat belts, they are simply “jumping” car interior. And we don’t even have to talk about the presence of a special child car seat. We can only pity such parents. And it’s not even about the fine stipulated for this violation in the amount of 3000 dollars (Art.12.23 CAO RF and Art.22.9 RF PDD). If you do not have a chair can be at the expense of human life!
Since January 1, 2007, USA has had amendments to the Rules of the Road, which prohibit drivers of cars to carry passengers under 12 years old without special restraints (car seats). The amendments were introduced for a reason – child car seats regularly save lives. According to the WHO (World Health Organisation) statistics, car accidents have reduced the mortality rate of children under one year of age by 75% and by 56% for children under 4 years of age.
In this article we will tell you according to what parameters to choose a child car seat, what to pay attention to. Be warned, the choice will remain difficult, because different in design and price car seats presented a lot.
When choosing a seat, bear in mind that they must meet the standards of the International Organization for Standardization. Europe has long had strict regulations on the transportation and safety of children. This is why each seat should carry the information that it complies with the European safety standard ECE R44/03 or ECE R44/04. Accordingly, the classification of the seats is divided into five groups, differing in the maximum age and weight of the child who can sit in it. But since children of the same age can be completely different in complexion, you must first consider the weight, but the age is indicated by the manufacturer approximately.
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From 1 to 4 years.
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Types of car seats
Car seat, Group 0 seat. Designed for the carriage of a newborn infant. The baby is secured in it with a wide belt, and the head is additional protection. Travelling in such a cradle is possible up to the age of 3-4 months. Many popular manufacturers have abandoned the production of car seats in this category, giving preference to group 0+. The reason for that – numerous crash tests, showing that such a car seat is not safe, and sometimes even dangerous to use. And, as a rule, a child grows out of such a seat in a short time.
Many combination strollers, in common parlance called «3 в 1», are equipped with this type of car seat. They allow a child under 13 kg and up to 1 year old to be carried. These carrycots are used as a mobile baby carrier. If desired, they can be mounted on the stroller chassis wheels. This design is very comfortable for the baby without disturbing his sleep during outings. Install the seat against the motion of the car (with his back to the front) to protect the child’s cervical spine during heavy braking. The baby is fixed in a semi-recumbent position by wide five-point belts. The seat itself is fastened with the Isofix system or the standard seat belts.
When your child sits up independently, and his weight exceeds 9 kg – you should switch to a group 1 seat. They are designed for children from one to four years of age. This type of car seats are installed only in the direction of travel of the car, and are fixed in two reclining positions – for sleep and wakefulness. The child is strapped in with the five-point seat belt, or a special table. The baby’s head area is equipped with additional protection against side impact. The seat is secured either with the standard seat belts or the Isofix system.
Chairs of this kind are installed only in the path of the car. Suitable for children from 15 to 25 kg. Equipped with rails that allow you to buckle your child with the car’s standard three-point seat belt. There are no inner straps in this group. This type of chair has the ability to adjust the height of the backrest, which allows you to adjust it to the height of the child. Very convenient when you can split the backrest and seat to use the latter as a group 3 seat.
Boosters – this is the most common name for a Group 3 seat. They do not have a backrest, but they are equipped with armrests and belt guides. These seats are sold separately or left over from the previous group. They are suitable for children whose weight is between 22 and 36 kg and whose height ranges from 120 cm to 150 cm.
- When buying a booster seat, be sure to seat your baby in it. It is important that it is suitable for the child’s weight and that he feels comfortable in it.
- For practical use, buy seats that combine three groups (1, 2, 3). You avoid unnecessary financial expenses. You will thus have one car seat for a much longer period of time.
- When transporting children under 3 years of age, be sure to buckle them up Y–The reason for this is that there are numerous crash tests that show that such car seats are unsafe and sometimes even dangerous to use.
Manufacturers of child car seats
According to the results of crash-tests, the best seats are made by European companies. In particular, you can trust the products Cybex, ROMER, MAXI–COSI, Jane, Chicco, Kiddy, Recaro. These seats will provide your baby with maximum safety in case of an accident.
Common mistakes made by buyers
- You’d be making a mistake if you bought a Group 2 child car seat with the Isofix system, as it can support a maximum weight of 18 kilograms. In this type of chair it will play only a formal role.
- Think before you buy a used car seat. Despite its outward attractiveness, it may be subject to design flaws that are not visually noticeable. To avoid risking your most precious passenger, buy new seats from stores.
- You should not save on child safety and buy a budget seat. Cheap Chinese plastic and unreliable mounts can let you down at the most inopportune moment.
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