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Safest Location in the Car for You and your Child

In the back – in the middle                                  

The safest location in the car is the middle of the back seat, away from anything that could hit the seat in case of an accident. Statistically, this is the safest place, but it can sometimes be difficult to properly secure a car seat because of the middle seat. For example, the shape or size of the middle seat is not ideal or because it does not include a good three-point belt.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of united states, transportation at the back of the car reduces the risk of death in the event of an accident by 27%.

Behind the passenger seat

This is not the safest place, but the seat favored by many people. The right rear seat is the furthest away from the most common impact points of cars and parents can easily reach their child. A bonus is that the car is often parked with this side at the curb, away from traffic.

Behind the driver

At the back of the car, so a relatively safe location. The only drawback is that this side of the car is more often stamped than the other side.

At the front – next to the driver

Suppose you take the road with three children (a baby, a toddler and a four year old), and you can not fit the three in the back seat. We advise you to have the baby in the right rear seat, the infant behind the driver and the four-year-old child in the passenger seat at the front (after deactivating the airbag and with the seat as much as possible backward). Of course, all children must be safe with these seating arrangements in a suitable car seat!

Safety advise for baby car seats

You must follow expert tips every time you go outside with your family and kids

  • Always use the back-to-road seat, preferably until your child is 15 months old.
  • Wait until the top of your baby’s head protrudes from the top of the seat back to a larger car seat.
  • If your car is equipped with the Isofix system, use an Isofix car seat. This facilitates and speeds up the installation of the seat, in addition to limiting the risk of incorrect installation of your car seat.
  • Place the baby car seat in the back of the car, preferably behind the passenger seat. If you still want to travel with your baby in the front passenger seat, switch off the front airbag.
  • Do not use the baby car seat for more than 2 hours: babies need to be free to move and change positions at times.
  • Make sure the harness system is tight. It should be positioned at the height of your baby’s shoulders, without being twisted.
  • If you are installing the car seat using the vehicle’s seat belt, make sure the lap belt is properly positioned on the guides and pass over your baby’s legs.

Car seat safety tips for small

  • If possible, use a seat for small R129 (i-Size). You can use them longer in back-to-road position.
  • If your car is equipped with an Isofix anchoring system, use an Isofix car seat. They are indeed easier to install.
  • If you install the car seat using a seat belt, make sure it is correctly positioned. Our infant car seats have a red color tracking system to indicate where to get the seat belt through.
  • Place the infant car seat in the back of the car, preferably behind the passenger seat. If you still want to travel with your child in the front passenger seat, switch off the front airbag and move the passenger seat as far back as possible.
  • Switch to an upper car seat size (group 2/3) when your child’s shoulders protrude 2 cm from the highest adjustment slots on the harness straps.

Safety tips for child car seats

  • Make sure that the headrest of the child car seat is adjusted as low as possible during the transition from the car seat to the child seat.
  • For the highest level of safety, use a comfortable booster seat with a backrest and headrest, not a booster cushion.
  • Always use the upper diagonal belt and the lower lap belt. Remember to tighten the belt after locking the buckle.
  • If possible, install the car seat with the Isofix system if your car is equipped. This helps to better stabilize the seat, especially when traveling without the child.

Use of seat belts

You are legally no longer required to use a car seat if your child is over 135 cm tall.

  • Make sure the seat belt is correctly positioned at the shoulders and hips of your child. If this is not the case, we recommend that you use a booster.
  • Never put the upper diagonal belt behind your child’s back and never use the lap belt alone.
  • Make sure that the seat belt is in the correct position: as low as possible.
  • Make sure the vehicle’s lap belt passes over your child’s upper legs / hips, not on their stomach.

Baby comfort car seats are among the safest on the market, but only by following our these expert guide and advice above.

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