Car Seat Safety: Choosing the Right Car Seat for Your Child

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Child safety in cars is of paramount importance today. Product developers continue to work hard on improving child safety measures for car travel, developing seats, cushions and boosters to ensure comfort, protection and peace of mind for parents.

When it comes to designing and developing seats, products are tailored towards and divided into three different groups based on relative ages and weight.

The groups are as follows:

Group 0: Suitable for babies weighing up to 10 kgs (22 lbs) with an age ranging from birth to around 6-9 months/Group 0+: a similar group, tailored towards babies of up to 13 kg (29lbs) in weight and ageing from birth to 12-15 months

Group 1: This group encompasses children weighing approximately between 9-18 kgs (20-40 lbs) with an age range of roughly nine months – 4 years.

Group 2: This group designed to include children weighing between 15 – 25 kgs (33 – 55 lbs) and of around roughly 4 to 6 years of age.

Group 3: This group includes products tailored towards much older children. i.e. for children with an approximate weight of 22 – 36 kgs (48 – 79 lbs) and with a much wider age range of 6 – 11 years.

In accordance with these groups, there are three main types of seats that are available for each stage of a child’s development. However, some seats can be adapted or converted to continue to fit children as they grow older so some of these seats may end up being suitable to span 1-2 age/weight groups. To find a company that produces high-quality safety seats look up UES International.

The main types of child safety seats available are:

Rearward-facing baby seats

Tailored towards groups 0/0+, i.e., babies of ages ranging from birth to 6-9 months/12-15 months these seats are suitable for travel in both the front and rear of a vehicle, although these seats should not be placed in the front passenger seat of a car that contains Airbags. Rear-facing baby seats give ideal protection for babies which means that it is advised that these kinds of seats are used for babies until the point they physically outgrow it.

Forward-facing Child seats

These kinds of seats are tailored towards children of group 1 age/weight specifications. There is a large centralised harness, crisscrossing over and securing your child in place, with a harness at the base of the seat, ensuring the child won’t slide out from underneath the restraints. It’s also raised and designed for comfort.

Booster-seats + Cushions

These seats are for older children and can deliver safety and comfort for children fitting into groups two and three. Some of these seats/cushions are tailored purely for the higher end of the age scale although most seats of this type tend to be designed to be adapted to a wider age range of older children. These can range from full seats like the ones above or simply raised cushions that allow regular adult seatbelts to be placed over the child. These seats can be fastened in securely to the base of a regular seat and are held in place further by a well-adjusted seatbelt.

Jesse Sternberg