As you know, today more and more countries continue implementing the rule about the mandatory use of car seats for children under a given age. AS this issue becomes extremely important for young parent, we decided to give an insight view on this issue and provide several useful tips about choosing one for your child.
All car seats that you can find in the market of today meet specific governmental stringent crash- and fire-safety standards, so basically any car seat that you can buy today is technically safe under condition that the model you buy is not older than two years. The same rule does not always apply to second-hand car seats or those that were purchased a couple of years ago; experts in road safety explain that standards change every several years which means that in the case of used car seats you simply may buy a seat that has been designed to meet outdated standards; furthermore, you never know whether it has been changed functionally in a result of a car crash or something like that and consequently breaks safety rules completely. So when you go to a store to buy a new car seat for your kid, pay attention to its manufacture date.
The second vital point about the children car seats is installation. Even if you buy a perfect car seat for the newest and best sedan like BMW 320i for family and install it incorrectly you yourself may actually cause safety hazards especially if you start using it incorrectly. According to professionals, when you are choosing a car seat, the easiest way to choose the safest model is to match and fit it to both your child and your car and make sure that it is easy for you to use it.
Below we prepared basic types of car seats that you can choose from:
• Baby (or infant-only) car seats
This type of car seats should always face the rear of your car. Most models also have a weight limit that equals 22 to 35 pounds (10 to 16 kilograms). After you baby reaches the weight limit or height limit of a specific model of the infant seat, you need to move him or her to a rear-facing convertible car seat.
• Convertible(or infant-toddler) car seats
In general this type of car seats can be used for both rear-facing and forward-facing seats for toddler and older children. Most modern models are designed to hold a baby up to 40 pounds (18.5 kilograms) for rear-facing option and up to 70 pounds (32 kilograms) for forward-facing possibility. Professionals advise to leave you child in rear-facing option as long as possible because it is a safer sitting position for a toddler.
• Belt-positioning booster seats
These seats were designed for children of at least 4 years old and 40 pounds (18.5 kilograms) weight. Most of them use the regular car lap as well as shoulder belts in order to secure the child. You can also opt for backless boosters but make sure that you have head support in your seats for higher child’s comfort.
As many hybrid cars by BMW and other manufacturers are designed in slightly different way, make sure to get a professional consultation of a shop assistant when choosing a car seat for your child so that it will be safe and comfortable for your kid. Should you have any questions about the requirements to the car seats in your area, remember that you can always consult professional shop assistants as well as even your pediatric doctor.