Posted on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - 10:33am

Every child must travel in the appropriate child car seat until that child reaches 135cm in height, after which they are eligible to use just an adult seat belt. Using an adult seat belt before a child is sufficiently developed may put them at higher risk of internal injury, particularly if the belt does not fit properly across the pelvis.

Snapkis offers a range of car seats designed for children from birth till 36kg (approx. 11 years).

 

1. Buy the right seat for your child's weight

A child that is either above or below the specified weight range for the car seat may prevent the seat from effectively protecting them in the event of an accident. It is critical that your child is in the right car seat for their weight. Always buy the right car seat for your child's weight:

 

Combination

High back Booster with harness

Group 0-1-2

Group 1-2-3

  • Suitable from birth to approx. 7 yrs
  • Weight from birth to 25kg
  • Rear-facing car seat, from birth to 9kg. Forward-facing car seat from 9kg to 25kg.
  • Integral harness
  • Seat can be secured with an adult seat belt or is ISOFIX compatible
  • Suitable from approx. 9 mths to 11 yrs
  • Weight from 9kg to 36kg
  • Forward facing car seat
  • Integral harness
  • Seat can be secured with an adult seat belt or is ISOFIX compatible

 

2. Make sure you know how to fit your child's car seat -

Check that the car seat is firmly in position every time you use it. Check that the harness is firm. You should be able to get only two fingers between the straps and your child's chest. Never use a car seat where an airbag is fitted. If you are unsure, check with the retailer or refer to the user manual.

Here is a list of things to remember when fitting the car seat.

  • Read the instructions carefully - remember up to 80% of car seats are fitted incorrectly
  • Always try before you buy to make sure it fits your make of car
  • Practice fitting the seat a few times before you need to use it
  • Fasten the seat into the car as tightly as possible. There should be no slack or loose seat belts
  • Adjust the harness for a snug fit against the child's chest
  • When correctly installed, the car seat should not move or slide around excessively

 

3. Knowing the car seat legislation in your country

This car seat legislation requires that every child must travel in the appropriate child restraint until that child reaches 135cm in height, after which they are eligible to use just an adult seat belt.

4. Understanding the terminologies for car seats

  • Side-impact protection (SI, SIPS, SPS): deeper side wings ensure optimum protection should your car be involved in a side-on collision
  • Isofix™: a car seat installation standard

 

5. Additional car seat safety to note

  • Your baby should be positioned rear-facing for as long as possible. Rear-facing seats offer the best possible protection to the smaller baby. In the event of a frontal impact, the rear-facing car seat supports your baby's head and neck. Use a rearward car seat until your baby reaches the maximum permissible weight and can sit up unaided.
  • Never position your car seat on a passenger seat fitted with a front airbag. Airbags are designed to protect adults but can seriously injure or even kill a child.
  • For child below 18kg (approx. 4 yrs), it is recommended to use the 5-point harness as it provides much better fit and protection than an adult seatbelt.  
  • Never use a second-hand car seat. There may be damage, not necessarily visible, that could put your child's life at risk.
  • Replace the car seat as soon as your child grows out of it
  • Never leave your child in the car unattended.