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Child car seat: what you need to know

Because of their small height, a child cannot be properly secured by standard seat belts of a car. That is why special accessories are used for travelling with children – child safety seats. They have a restraint system which allows to securely fasten a child providing their safety. These items are secured inside the vehicle with safety belts or Isofix anchorage system. In manufacturers’ catalogues, one can find products for little passengers of any weight and age.

What are the types of child safety seats

These accessories fall into such groups:

  • “0”. For infants weighing no more than 10 kg, and aged under 9 months. A child is lying flat in such seat. There are also models equipped with a handle for carrying as well as a wheeled chassis for using as a pram.
  • “0+”. The recommended weight for them is up to 13 kg and the age - under 18 months. They provide a semi-recumbent position of a child. They have an additional protection for sides and headrest.
  • “1”. For children weighing between 9 and 18 kg, and aged from 9 to 36 months. The possibility to adjust the back inclination allows the child to assume both sitting and lying positions in such seats.
  • “2”. They are used for transporting passengers of 4 to 6 years old weighing from 15 to 25 kg. They usually feature armrests as well as width and back and headrest height adjustment.
  • “3”. They are made for children aged 4 to 12 years weighing 22 – 36 kg. Usually, they come as backless booster seats. They have armrests and the child is secured with a standard car seat belt. Also, there are seats with a detachable back for this age group.

Features of child safety seat usage

  1. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to install the accessory correctly.
  2. Check the seat belts tension before you start driving. Controlling it is crucial when seasons change and after the period of wearing dense winter garments your child is dressed in lighter clothes or vice versa.
  3. Сhild safety seats should be placed in the middle of rear seat row or right behind the driver’s seat. Products of the “0” group can be fastened on rear seats parallel to their back or installed on the front passenger seat. In the latter case, they should be rear-facing. Also, you will need to deactivate the front passenger airbag.
  4. Non-removable seat covers should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on removable seat cover care. Often these products can be washed. Replacing the cover or using the product without it is prohibited.

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