Buying a Car Seat

Get the right answers to these questions:

Is this the right seat for my child?
The retailer should check that the seat is suitable for your child’s weight, height and age.
Will it fit my car?
The retailer should check the seat manufacturer’s information.
Is the seat of the correct standard?
The retailer should point out the official standard mark (ECE R44.04).
Are fitting instructions easily understood?
The retailer should go over them with you.
Is it a problem if my car has a passenger-seat airbag?
The retailer should know that rear-facing child restraints must not be fitted where there is an active frontal airbag. Forward-facing seats should not be in the deployment zone of the airbag.  Please check with your car manufacturer for further information.
Which make should I buy? 
Try not to compromise. If the shop recommends the most appropriate restraint, even though it’s more expensive, ignore your bargain-hunting instinct.

If you buy a child seat online or from an 'order-and-collect' store, be certain it fits your child and any vehicle in which it will be used. Seek expert advice when fitting. Some local authorities offer a free child seat fitting service.

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