Important tips when purchasing a car seat
- Seats with "semi-universal certification" are not permitted in all vehicles. Check the seat manufacturer's compatibility list to find out if the seat will fit in your car. In case of doubt, simply ask your car dealership.
- Take both, your child and your car, to the specialized shop and test the seats to find out which one fits best.
- Child seats should be easy to install.
- Check the length of the seat belts in the back to ensure they are not too short.
- Children's harnesses must be easy to adjust, so that they can be tightened or loosened depending on what the child is wearing.
- The safety seat should offer children who tend to sleep in the car, maximum side support and a comfortable sleeping position (Gr. 1) or an adjustable head rest (Gr. 2/3).
- Never buy a seat for the child to grow into! Even though three-year-olds are theoretically old enough to sit in a Group 2/3 seat, they are often too small for it at the time.
- Rear-facing child safety seats must not be positioned on the front passenger seat of cars with an activated front airbag. In this instance, the infant car seat must be installed on the rear seat!
- When buying a new, older and/or used child restraint system, you should always ensure that it complies with the new ECE test standard. The current standard is known as ECE-R-44/04 and reflects the state of the art.