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 height, what car(s) the seat will go into. Britax fit finder is a great tool!
Q: What are your top tips travelling abroad this summer and hiring cars or using local taxis?
Kat: We have a great blog on flying with young children which covers what to do with car seats abroad.
Q: My littles one's car seat only goes up to 13kg and he's already 10kg at 6 months lots of bigger ones are forward facing.
Kat: There are combination rear facing car seats available that offer rear facing to 18kg/25kg the Britax Fit Finder tool can help you find a rear facing seat.
Q: I know SIDS can occur in car seats. How can I ensure my 7 month old is safe and always breathing on long journeys?
Kat: Always ensure you plan regular breaks into car journeys to give your baby plenty of time to stretch.
Q: Is there an easy way to temporarily disable airbags if the child rides on the front seat?
Kat: You need to check your vehicle manual, as each car can differ in how to disable the airbag - some cars don't allow it.
Q: I've always planned to stay rear facing as long as possible but my 2.5yo is tall and it's getting difficult. What's the new law and recommendations?
Kat: We have a great blog post on this which explains iSize.
Q: My son is 15.6kg, I plan to buy a 2nd car seat for use in grandparents car, should I buy a 15kg+ or an upto 18kg?
Kat: Your son is safer in a 5 point harness until 18kg, so long as he fits in the harness. the Britax Evolva is a great 123 seat, harness to 18kg and then it converts to HBB. Britax's fit finder will tell you if it fits your car.
Q: What car seat is best for extended rear facing for new born or 9 month old I have an isofix Britax car seat and base?
Kat: It really depends on the child and if it fits the vehicle, Britax's fit finder can help you highlight suitable seats.
Q: Is it best to rearward face as long as possible?
Kat: Yes we recommend that you rear face for as long as possible.
Q: Do car seats expire after a length of time?
Kat: Our blog explains car seats and expiry.
Q: Is there anywhere you can get the car seat fitted properly?
Kat: Good Egg run checking events throughout the country, and have a retailer charter.
Q: Height, weight or age. Which is most important?!
Kat: R44 seats go by weight, iSize seats by height, it's important to take age into account too (so not forward facing a 6 month old at 9kg)
Q: I want to keep my 18 month old rear facing long as possible. Is it less safe if running out of leg room?
Kat: No, legs are in very little danger when rear facing and very unlikely to get hurt.
Q: What age/weight is rear facing recommended to? Hoping to use my brother in law's old seat for new baby, is this still OK?
Kat: We recommend rear facing for as long as possible. Our blog will help with re-using a child car seat!
Q: What are the most important points to look for when choosing a toddler car seat?
Kat: That the seat is suitable for their weight and height, fits all cars it will be used in, is easy to fit and the level of side impact protection.
Q: We don't have isofix in our car, does that mean our car seat isn't as secure/safe?
Kat: Not at all, belt fit seats are safe, just ensure the seat is compatible to your vehicle and fitted correctly if you have a Britax seat, the fit finder can help you confirm it's compatibility.
Q: Is the max child height 105cm for all rear facing car seats?
Kat: No the 105cm only applies to iSize car seats.
Q: When we move onto the next stage seat should I take weight or height into consideration first?
Kat: It depends what seat you've got, as to when it's outgrown - but it's weight or height, whatever comes first.
Q: Realistically to what age can you rear face until? I'll be checking the height/weight but roughly what age?
Kat: To age 4, although some seats (such as the Britax Multi Tech or Max Way) will go to 25kg - approx age 6!
Q: Does certain clothing effect the safety of a harness on a car seat?
Kat: Yes. Thick, puffy or bulky clothing can cause an unsafe harness fit - best to remove all coats before strapping in!
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