The Good Egg Car Safety Blog

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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Child seat group stages

For child car seats to legally be sold in the UK, they must pass various tests and gain recognised approval. To be sold, they can be approved to R44.04, which is a regulation that has been running for some years, or they can be tested under the new R129 (i-Size) standard, which was established in summer 2013.

This blog looks at the different group stages for R44.04 child car seats, along with the weight and the height limits that you should take into consideration. There are three main group stages and also combination group stages to create multi stage, longer lasting seats.

Group 0+

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The hidden projectile in your car - Booster seats

The hidden projectile in your car - Booster seats
  When children are younger, they use a child car seat that contains a harness to restrain them. This seat is fitted into the car, where it normally stays strapped in, so even when your little one is not in the car, their seat remains restrained.        The next stage seat - boosters When it comes to your child moving up to a booster seat, both the seat and the child are restrained with the adult seat belt.     This means that unless you buy an ISOFIX booster seat, you need to remember to strap the booster in when not in use.   Why? An unrestrained booster will multiply its weight by the force of a collision, so if you have a crash when your child is not in the car, but their booster is sat on the back seat - you have a very heavy projectile waiting to...
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Winter coats and car seats – the winter facts every parent needs to know.

Winter Jacket sequence   The danger you may be putting your child in when travelling in the car this winter. The temperature is beginning to drop outside, and children are being bundled up in thick winter coats and snowsuits to keep them snug and warm in the cold weather.  But did you know that you are supposed to remove your child’s coat before you strap them into their car seat, and not doing so may put them in danger? This video demonstrates why winter coats and car seats don't mix:     Leaving your child’s coat on in the car is a problem because it creates a gap between your child and their safety harness. In a collision, the harness isn’t as close to your child’s body as it needs to be to allow it to properly restrain them. To keep your children safe in the car this winter, remove their coats and...
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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...
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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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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....
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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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Second hand child seats - Tips for buying

Tip1Welcome to the next installment in our second hand child seat series!  This post is looking at how we can use second hand seats as safely as possible. Whenever possible, your child's car seat should be purchased as a new product, from a retail store who are able to give you good advice. In purchasing from a retailer and taking advice, you can be sure the seat you buy is suitable for your child, compatible with your car and you will be shown how to fit the seat.  You will also know that your seat is brand new, and can be confident that the seat will do its job should you be involved in a collision. Sometimes though, financial hardship can leave no choice but to buy a second hand seat, or a family member or close friend offers you a seat that you know is in perfect condition.  In this...
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Parent and child parking bays

CHILD PARKING  How many parents have experienced not being able to park in a parent and child parking bay due to all the spaces being taken? It infuriates many parents when they have been unable to park in the spaces, particularly when they have been taken up by people with no children in the car. The spaces are provided to allow parents to open the car door wide, so they can lift their children in and out of the car seat without risking damage to other vehicles.  They are also positioned close to the trolley bays so parents can collect and replace trolleys quickly. Please note, a child should never be left in the car unattended. Parent and child parking bays are not regulated, and it is not illegal to park in them without children, they are a courtesy provided by the store. As the bays are normally on private land, enforcement of...
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