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When should I turn my baby forward facing?

When should I turn my baby forward facing?
  It can be very confusing to know when you should move your baby forward facing, but this blog will help you know what the safest course of action is! Child car seat groups can seem complicated at first as they go by weight and height, yet there is a crossover between each stage on the weight limit, and then there are age recommendations to top it off!  What do you do with a baby who is the 9 months forward facing age but only 18 lbs?  Do you have to turn forward?  Is the rear facing seat not safe to use after 9 months then? The best thing to do when researching car seats is to ignore age recommendations and choose a seat solely on your child’s weight and height.  This helps to remove some of the ‘smoke’ and it makes the seat stages a little easier to understand.  The seat ......
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Carry handle or safety feature?

LIFESTYLE_CS_BABY-SAFE_PLUS_SHR_II_Dad_BR_2015_300dpiThe handle on your baby’s car seat is more than just a convenience, it is also a very important safety device! While it makes it easy to lift your infant seat in and out of the car, it is really important to check the instructions on your child seat.  Not all carry handles are placed in the same position in the car.   The instructions on the side of your seat will show the correct handle position. The handle is often required to be upright, or forward towards the baby’s feet when driving.  This is because your child’s seat can rebound in a collision, and having the handle in the correct position prevents this from happening.   What happens if the carry handle is at the back? If you were to have a collision, with the carry handle back by the baby's head, the seat may not protect your child adequately.  ......
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BRITAX’S ‘BIN THE BOOSTER’ CAMPAIGN IS BACK URGING PARENTS TO TRAVEL SAFELY THIS SUMMER

BritaxReturning after the success of the previous two years, leading child safety brand Britax has launched its 2015 ‘Bin the Booster’ awareness campaign. This nationwide campaign, supported with powerful crash test footage, urges parents to get rid of any booster cushion seats they might have and opt for highback boosters with head and side impact protection to ensure children are safe and secure on their travels this summer - and beyond.   While the current law requires children to travel in a car seat until they are 135cm tall or 12 years old, Britax believes there is still a lack of understanding around safety in Group 2-3, which protects children from four to around 12 years of age. At this stage many parents opt for a simple booster cushion to help lift their child and ensure the vehicle seat belt sits correctly on the bony parts of their bodies. However, Britax fou......
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Your baby's first car seat

B-SMARTWelcome and congratulations on your exciting news! Although choosing a car seat for your baby might be the last thing on your mind early in your pregnancy, it really is the very FIRST thing you need to get right before bringing your precious little bundle home. We can help. Good Egg Safety is the UK's most trusted in-car safety specialist and, based on our experience of checking over 20,500 child car seats, we've put together this useful guide just for YOU. It covers the key things you will need to consider when the time comes to buy your baby's first car seat. You can also read further blog posts or visit our main website for all the free advice you will ever need on how to keep your baby safe.   Researching your baby’s first car seat Your baby’s car seat is perhaps one of the most important things you will buy......
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Parents take to social media to warn others about potentially dangerous child car seat…

Bruised headLeading child safety campaigner, Good Egg Safety has been alerted by four separate families warning of a potentially dangerous child car seat - the Kiddu Lane 123 seat - where a child has been injured while being transported in it. The first reported incident to Good Egg occurred in April this year where a 22 month old boy was thrown out of his seat when his relative had to make an emergency stop; sustaining serious bruising to his head. Since this was reported on social media a further three families have reported similar incidents to Good Egg Safety where two more children have also sustained injury.   Concerned Mum, Stacey Tennant, who reported the original incident said: “When we alerted parents about our concerns, I felt sick to hear that other similar incidents had occurred and been swept under the carpet. If my son had been seriously injured or killed and the manufacturer and retailer concerned knew beforehand t......
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65% of leading high street retailers are not giving safe advice when selling child car seats say undercover researchers...

Subscribe image  53 out of 82 shops run by well-known national chains and independent retailers selling child safety seats did not give the full correct advice to mystery shoppers, according to a report published today. The new findings, issued by Good Egg Safety, reveal that staff in the majority of stores tested did not ask enough basic information to ensure a safe fit of the child seats they were selling. A child car seat, no matter how well it is manufactured and tested, will not perform as it is designed to do in a collision if it’s not correctly installed or if it doesn’t fit the child or car it is purchased for. Jan James, Chief Executive of Good Egg Safety, said today: “We’ve checked over 21,000 child car seats since 2002, and have found a 43% growth in incorrect fitment or incompatibility in the last five years, which is a major co......
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Global Road Safety Week Q&A!

Ask an expertToday our expert Kat took part in a live Q&A session over at Road Safety GB for Global Road Safety Week! The session was very busy, with lots of questions answered - the hottest topics were iSize and booster cushions. Do you have a burning question that isn't asked?  You can ask our experts at any time!     1. Is an extended rear facing seat really safer than a forward facing Group 2/3 car seat? Why? Child car seats which are tested under R44, are broken down into ‘group’ stages. The main stages are: Group 0+ (infant seat) Group 1 (toddler seat) Group 2,3 (booster seat) It is possible to have combinations of these seats, such as group 0+1, or group 123. Your question asks about group 2,3 car seats which are for children weighing 15kg, however, extended rear facing car seats are another option to group 1 toddler seats. Re......
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How to fit an ISOFIX car seat

fitting ISOfixISOFIX car seats are considered safer than seat belt fitted child seats, because the risk of them being incorrectly fitted is reduced.  However, not all ISOFIX seats fit all vehicles, and mistakes can still be made.   Here are some tips to help you fit your child’s ISOFIX car seat   You must check the vehicle compatibility list to ensure your ISOFIX car seat is compatible to your vehicle.  Not every ISOFIX seat fits every car, so it is important that the child seat manufacturer confirms that it is a safe fit. You can find the fitting list on the child seat manufacturer’s website. Don’t forget!  The seat must also be suitable for your child!   Once you have bought your seat, read the manual thoroughly.  This will not only give you specific instructions on how to fit your seat safely, but you will also find information which is essential to your ......
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Forward facing children and front airbag use

Sitting up front 1  Can my child sit in the front seat once they are forward facing? This is possibly one of the most commonly asked questions that we get here at Good Egg HQ, and we are unable to give a straight yes or no answer. When it comes to children sitting in the front when forward facing, the airbag requirements are different with each vehicle.  The only way you can find the answer to keep your child safe is to check your vehicle manual. Not all vehicles allow children to sit in the front. If your car does allow you to sit a child forward facing in the front, the manual may state to push the front vehicle seat as far back as possible.  There are two things to take into account when doing this: 1) Children in the back - make sure they have plenty of room for their legs, if......
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Is it dangerous for a child's legs to hang over the car seat?

270388_10151400115333255_1989710747_nIt's dangerous for a child's legs to hang over the end of the car seat... FACT or MYTH?     MYTH! A common belief is that once your child's legs start to hang over their group 0+ car seat, it is outgrown and their legs may get hurt in a collision. This is not true however!  A baby's or toddler's legs are safe to hang over the end of the car seat, and are in very little danger of getting hurt in a collision. This is because in a collision, your baby is pushed back into the car seat, which protects their head, neck and spine.  Their legs fold up to their chest, away from the back of the vehicle seat.  Babies and toddlers are also very comfortable when seated rear facing, and it is important for adults to remember that children are far more flexible than us!  Whilst it certainly would......
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