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...
Does your child escape the harness?
Lots of parents have had the moment when you are driving along, glance at your little one and they’re having the time of their life on the back seat – with their arms in the air and out of the straps! So what can you do when your little one develops this habit?
So what can you do when your little one develops this habit?
Be sure to remove any coats or puffy jackets and snowsuits – These thick items of clothing create a gap between your child and the harness, making it super easy for them to wriggle out! Check the strap height – The straps should be level with your little one’s shoulders, at the point where the straps come out of the seat. If you can’t get the straps quite level, they may dip slightly below when rear facing, and sit just...
Our very own Good Egg Safety Expert, Kat, took over the Britax Twitter page last night to hold a Q&A. She received some great questions and you can find the answers below!
Q: I’d love to know the laws on taxis and car seats.
Kat: Under 3's - no seat required no seat belt. Over 3's - no seat, adult seat belt. Children should be in rear. We would prefer to see seats used whenever possible though! Q: Hi Kat, when is the law coming in for rear facing longer? Kat: iSize came into effect in July 2013, it's part of R129 and will be fully implemented by 2018. R44 seats are still legal to use. Q: When Picking A Car Seat, Especially One That Will Go Behind The Driver What Is The Best Kind Of Seat To Go For? Kat: It really depends on your child's weight and...
Today 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....
ISOFIX 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...
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?
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...
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...
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...
Can I put a cushion on the booster seat?
A recent Ask the Expert question: “My child complains that the booster seat is too hard and that it hurts their bum. I have noticed that the seat is very hard, there’s no padding at all. Can I add a cushion to the seat to make it more comfy?” We have also had this enquiry in the past: "My 3 year old keeps escaping from the 5 point harness, so he has moved to a high back booster seat with adult seat belt. The seat belt sits up on his neck though, even when it's through the red guide. Can I put a cushion under him to lift him up more so it doesn't rub on his neck?" Example of what we've seen at our free car seat checking events
(NOTE: above pictures would be considered incorrectly...
Generally, child car seats come equipped with a 3 point or a 5 point harness in group 0+ seats, and a 5 point harness in a group 1 car seat. The job of the child car seat harness is to restrain the child in the child seat in the event of a collision.
Is there a safety difference between a 3 point and a 5 point harness?
Group 0+ rear facing car seats may have either a 3 point harness or a 5 point harness. In a collision the child is pushed back into the seat, which spreads the force across the whole seat back - putting much less force on the child and better protecting their neck and spine. The job of the 3 or 5 point harness is to hold the child in the seat.
A 5 point harness has additional hip straps to help spread the force...