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What are the current regulations for car seats?
It is compulsory to use belts and child restraint systems in all vehicles in Europe (Directive 2003/20/EC). It is also mandatory to use child car seats within the EU for children up to the heights of 1.35m or 1.5m, depending on the member state. In the UK, for example, it’s 1.35m. We would, however, advise that you check with local authorities when travelling to another country with your child, as the regulations can vary.
How do I know that the seat I am purchasing is safe?
All child car seats must display an ECE R44/04 certification label to indicate that they comply with standard safety requirements.
the seat and the seat is fitted to the car. Group 2-3 seats are lightweight and easy to transfer between cars.
Why buy a multi-group seat? Multi-group seats - or combination seats - are adjustable and grow with your child which is ideal if driving regularly with children of varying ages.
Did you know?
Which type of seat do I need and when? Group 0 seats are for babies weighing up to 10kg (approximately 6 months); Group 0+ for babies weighing up to 13kg (12/15 months). Group 1 seats are for small children weighing 9 to 18kg (9 months to 4 years); Group 2-3 for older children weighing 15 to 36kg (4-12 years). There are also combination seats. Group 0+&1
are for babies and small children weighing up to 18kg (4 years), while Group 1-2-3 seats are for children weighing 9 to 36kg (9 months to 12 years).
What is the benefit of a single group seat? Single group seats have the optimum shape designed for the weight of the child, offering additional comfort and practicality. Group 0+ seats are more portable and can be used in the car, the home and as part of a pushchair travel system. Group 1 seats, meanwhile, have comfort recline systems that are easy to adjust while the child is in
Through dialogue with parents, child passenger safety technicians and car manufacturers, Apramo has developed a complete new collection of exciting and safer car seats, including our RapidFix SystemTM. Our aim is not only to meet minimum safety standards, but to go beyond and to offer the most desirable and affordable car seats available.
How will I know when the seat needs to be changed? We recommend that you move from a Group 0+ to a Group 1 seat when your child exceeds the weight limit and can sit up unaided with
confidence, or when their head is higher than the top of the infant carrier. Move from a Group 1 to
a Group 2-3 seat when the weight limit is exceeded, or your child’s eye line is higher than the car seat’s highest point.
We also recommend that you keep your child in each stage for as long as possible – until they reach the weight limit or the head reaches the top of the seat. This is especially important for babies, as rearward facing seats offer the safest way of travelling.
Can a booster cushion be used without a backrest? According to the minimum requirements in the ECE R 44/03 and 44/04 standards, a booster seat can also be used without a backrest in the case of children weighing more than 15kg. It usually offers adequate side support around the lap, but not for the head and upper body area. Using a high back booster seat is in line with the latest research findings on car safety and fulfils requirements for effective protection against side impact.
4 • Ni Sales Training Guide • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 • www.nursery-industry.co.uk
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