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.
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...
Welcome 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...
Welcome to case study 1!
Throughout November we are focusing on the dangers second hand seats pose to children and their families. We are running four case studies on seats that our expert has bought from an auction wesbite - this installment is going to look at the first seat our expert found, it is a Mama’s and Papa’s Traveller G-Matic.
The seller online stated:
"The seat has never been involved in an accident, is in good condition and suitable from 0-6 months."
What are the problems with this seat?
First of all, this seat is old, which we can see from the design of the covers and the frame of the seat. A seat this old will not offer the protection current seats can, and it is unlikely to pass higher impact testing or side impact testing. This seat is a group 0 rear facing infant seat,...