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What happens at a child car seat checking event?

GOODEGG-08.06.15_0001  Good Egg Safety is the leading child car seat initiative here in the UK checking more child car seats than any other UK organisation - over 22,000 since our campaign launched in 2001! We offer free child car seat checking events because we feel that we cannot tell parents their children are in danger from poorly fitted child car seats, yet not offer them a solution!   So what happens at a Good Egg child car seat checking event? Our Good Egg child car seat checking events are always run by a Good Egg Safety Expert.  These are highly trained and dedicated individuals who are able to check a wide range of child car seats. The checking events normally run 11am - 4pm, although check your local event as times can differ! The expert arrives early to the event to get set up, and we have a fun height chart for...
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Child car seat features

Group Stages 2014-01Buying a new car seat can be very confusing, it can be difficult to figure out which stage seat your child needs, particularly when there may be several suitable stages to choose from.  Not only that, but you also have to make sure the seat fits the cars it will be used in, as well as your child. Once you have figured out what stage seat you require, the choice can still be confusing, with large differences in price and different child car seat features. This blog looks at those features of a car seat, what they do and why they’re useful.   Child car seat features   Seat belt or ISOFIX Child seats can come as either belt fitted, or ISOFIX – sometimes they have both options!  While both ISOFIX and seat belt fitment is safe when the seat is correctly fitted, ISOFIX is considered easier to fit and it...
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5 steps to strap your child into their car seat correctly

GOODEGG-29.05.14_0076Although strapping your baby in might sound like an easy task, the truth is, it is one of the most common misuses on child car seats. The harness on a child’s car seat is there to restrain your child, and to absorb the energy from a collision – this blog looks at what you need to do to get it right in five easy steps:   Step 1:   Remove any thick, puffy or bulky clothing.  Puffy jackets or padded snowsuits – even very frilly tutus or dresses can interfere with the way the harness sits on your child.  The harness needs to sit close to your child’s body to work to the best of its ability, so ensure you remove anything that gets in the way.  To keep your child warm, tightly tuck a blanket around them once they are strapped in or dress them in thin, warm layers.  ...
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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...
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Common car seat fitting errors and the risks

Loose harness OL  The peril of incorrect fitment and why you should get your car seat checked An incorrectly fitted child car seat will not work to the best of its ability in a collision, if at all.  Here are some of the more common car seat fitting errors we come across, and the potential risk associated: Loose harness   A child car seat harness is there to keep your child in their car seat in the event of a collision. It also helps to spread the force of the crash, further protecting your child.  A loose harness will not be able to restrain your child properly, and they are at risk of travelling too far forward in a collision.  This could cause them to impact the interior of the vehicle, or come out of the harness altogether if it is very loose. To fix: Remove all puffy and thick clothing from your...
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What is i-Size?

RF harness height  Over the past year or so, we have seen lots of advertisement for i-Size car seats.  But what exactly are they, and what is i-Size?   i-Size is…   A new regulation, called R129, within R129 is i-Size.   It will eventually replace R44.03 and R44.04 child car seats.   R129 was launched in 2013, and is proposed to be fully implemented by 2018.   It aims to keep children safer in the car, by making seats easier to choose, fit and use.   ISOFIX seats are being addressed first, then belt fitted seats will be addressed.   What are the key changes?   New test dummy – the new crash test dummy, the Q dummy, can measure far more points of force than the old P series dummy. This will give more information as to how a seat can reduce the force a child is subject to in a...
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What is a car seat base?

This base may only be fitted with the seat belt.  A car seat base normally is used with group 0+ infant car seats.  It is sold separately from the infant seat, and normally remains permanently fitted in the vehicle - it then allows you to simply click the infant seat on and off the base. Some group 0+1 and group 1 car seats have a separate base, however at the next stage, seats are normally sold in one unit. What are the options? There are two options available for fitting bases - seat belt fitment, or ISOFIX.  Some seats will have only ISOFIX or seat belt fitment, but others have both options.   This base may only be fitted with the seat belt.   This base may only be fitted with ISOFIX.   This base may be fitted with ISOFIX or the seat belt. ISOFIX is considered safer than seat belt fitment, as there are indicators to show you that...
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VAT on child car seats

jodiekidd1What do you think the VAT rate is for child car seats? 0%? Child car seats carry a VAT rate of 5% on them – according to Halfords that costs parents £31 million a year.  That’s an extra addition for parents to pay for an essential piece of baby equipment – one that is a legal requirement.   The Law The law states that all children under the age of 12 years or 135cm in height must legally use a child restraint suitable for their size and weight when travelling in a car, van or goods vehicle.  There are very few exceptions to this law – to read more on the exceptions click here.   Why should parents pay extra?     You can’t put a price on your child’s life.  Ask any parent and they will do everything they can to keep their child safe in the car, however the cost of child car seats can...
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Child car seat exceptions

PebbleRubi OL"A child under the age of 3 can travel with no child car seat, if there are two occupied car seats which prevents the fitment of a third."     FICTION! Let's have a look at what the law says in regards to under three's travelling with no child car seat: "All children under the age of 12 years old or 135cm must travel in an appropriate child restraint.  Exceptions for children under 3 years of age: May travel unrestrained in the rear of a taxi or private hire vehicle." There are no other exceptions that apply to under 3s.  If you have to get three children in your car, they must all be in a suitable child car seat.  It is also vital that the child car seat fit into the car and are fitted correctly.  If you can't get three suitable child car seats in the car,  the children...
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New parents guide to choosing your first baby car seat

First Baby Car Seat ComparisonParents to be Are you a new parent or parent to be?  We've got together all the information new parents need to know when choosing and using their first baby car seat.  Whether you’re a first time expectant parent, or have children already, it’s well worth a read!   The Law The law requires all children under the age of 12 years old or 135cm/4’5’’ to travel in a suitable child restraint. For kids under 3, there is only one exception to this rule, and that is in taxis.  Babies and children under 3 may travel unrestrained in the back of a taxi – at any other time, they must use a suitable restraint. Of course that doesn’t make holding your baby in the back of a cab safe!  Every effort should always be made to use a child seat, the exception is there for convenience only. The law requires you...
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