A car seat is without exaggeration the main car accessory that will help you ensure the convenience and safety of the crumbs on the road. Its design not only protects the child during a collision, but also simply helps to transfer the road more easily: suppresses vibrations that occur during movement, protects the internal organs of the baby from shaking.
So, how to choose a car seat?
To ensure maximum safety of the child in the car, you need to use a car seat corresponding to his height and weight.
In accordance with these parameters, car seats are divided into several groups:
- “0” – up to 10 kg – such seats are called autolyres and are installed on the back seat perpendicular to the direction of movement.
- “0+” – up to 13 kg (up to 1.5 years) – this is a car seat, which is installed in the rear or front (with the airbag off) seat against the direction of travel.
- “1” – from 9 to 18 kg (1–4 years) and “2” – from 15 to 25 kg (3–7 years) – the car seat itself in the form we used to see it. Installed in the rear or front seat in the direction of travel.
- “3” – from 22 to 36 kg (6-12 years) – this category includes restraints, which are called boosters (high elastic cushion with armrests).
Attention: there is also a universal group of car seats “1-2–3” – these are transforming car seats designed for children from 1 to 12 years old.
What it is? The crash test is a “test” of a child seat for safety in specially created conditions that are close to real ones.
They evaluate children’s car seats according to the following parameters: safety, operation, comfort and ergonomics, care and even environmental friendliness. Crash tests of children’s car seats are carried out both by the companies themselves, their manufacturers, and by completely independent organizations that care about the safety of young passengers. For example, automobile organizations (ADAC, OAMTC, Autoliitto, ANWB, Swiss automobile club TCS) or car magazines (Which, Autoreview).
The main goal of crash tests is to help manufacturers improve their products, but you can use their results to make the best choice in your opinion. Today on the Internet you can find special tables that summarize the results of crash tests of car seats of the most popular manufacturers.
A child car seat must have a sticker with information about the manufacturer, type of attachment and age group for which it is intended, as well as marking – ECE R 44/03 or ECE R 44/04. She says that the chair has passed the entire test cycle in Europe and meets the latest edition of the European Safety Standard.
Advice: do not forget to check the availability of the “technical passport” of the product – after all, there is indicated not only all the information about him and his manufacturer, but also describes in detail (and traced) the whole process of fixing the chair in the car. No matter how confident you were that everyone remembered well when the seller explained to you the principle of installing a children’s car seat, such a “reminder” will never be superfluous: the scheme of fastening a chair with regular seat belts can sometimes be very complicated.
Will the car seat blue, pink or green – it is only your taste. But on the design should pay special attention. The back of the chair should be orthopedic to securely support the back of the child and reduce the load on the spine.
It is desirable that the chair should be wide – not less than 25 mm wide – the seat belts: it is designed taking into account the abdominal type of breathing inherent in children and does not interfere with free inhalation and exhalation. Soft wide lining on the shoulder straps in case of a collision will reduce the load on the baby’s chest. Check that the headrest is high enough and the sidewalls are wide: then the child will be reliably protected from impact from behind and from the side.
Thick lining under the belt lock is obligatory – it will protect children’s genitals from injury.
There are two options for fixing the car seats: the Isofix system (in this case, a special base is attached to the metal case of the car, on which the chair “stands”) and regular seat belts. The first option is considered not only simple, but also more reliable: it is almost impossible to install the wrong car seat with the Isofix attachment system.
But you can only install it on those cars that are initially equipped with Isofix mounts (check in advance if your car has such an option). By the way, car seats with the Isofix attachment system can be fixed with the help of ordinary seat belts (this can be useful if you need to move the car seat from your car to a car that is not equipped with the Isofix attachment system).
Think carefully before buying a used car seat! You can afford such a purchase only if the car seat is relatively new. Firstly, the fact is that it can have hidden damage and defects if the car seat has already been in an accident (even if it looks perfect on the outside).
Secondly, the designs of child restraints are constantly being improved, so modern car seats are much safer than old ones.
A visit to the clinic, a trip to the grandmother, to kindergarten or to visit – today children travel in the car almost every day. On each trip, your baby will provide not only convenience and comfort, but also the safety of a Volvo car seat.
First, for the production of Volvo car seats for children, the upholstery of the öko-tex 100 standard is used, which is an international testing and certification system that limits the use of harmful substances. Secondly, all Volvo child car seats are fully compliant with international technical standards and have many awards in child safety on the road.
The advantages of the Volvo car seat model range are: an indicator of the correct installation of the car seat, seat adjustment in width, taking into account the child’s build, shoulder pads preventing the child’s body from moving forward in the event of an impact, and the installation of 2-point and 3-point seat belts.
At the same time, to ensure maximum safety of the child, Volvo experts advise when choosing a child car seat to be guided by the recommendations of each particular automaker (taking into account the brand of your car).