WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO? WHICH SEAT SHOULD YOU GET?

NOT ALL CARS COME WITH ISOFIX. IF YOURS DOESN’T, FOL­LOW THESE TIPS FROM MASTERDRIVE AND WHEEL­WELL.CO.ZA

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›› Car seats must be in­stalled with a three-point seat belt, un­less they are de­signed for a lap belt-only in­stal­la­tion.

›› Make sure the seat has good side-im­pact pro­tec­tion to pro­tect your child’s head and neck.

›› Al­ways in­stall the seat as per the di­rec­tions in the man­ual.

›› Never use a car seat where there are airbags. These de­ploy at up to 350 km/h and can be fa­tal.

›› Chil­dren un­der the age of 13 should al­ways ride on the back seat.

›› Keep your child in the cor­rect seat for as long as pos­si­ble, but no longer; it’s po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous to keep your child in a car seat that they have out­grown. A child is too big for their car seat when they have reached the up­per weight mar­gin, or if their shoul­der is higher than the high­est belt ad­just­ment of the seat. ›› Har­ness belts must not be twisted. ›› The shoul­der straps of the har­ness must never go over, or be­low, the shoul­der. At shoul­der height, or slightly above, is good.

›› When tight­en­ing the har­ness, you must be able to fit your hand be­tween the child’s tummy and the buckle.

A car seat has an ID in the form of an or­ange sticker. On this sticker, which must be present in or­der for the seat to have been cer­ti­fied and there­fore be le­gal, is all the in­for­ma­tion you re­quire to make the best de­ci­sion. By law, all car seats must have in­stal­la­tion guides on them as well. Fur­ther­more, a blue in­di­ca­tor on the seat means it should be in­stalled rear-fac­ing and the sticker will show how long a kid can sit in the seat be­fore they’ve out­grown it and you need to up­grade to a higher weight grad­ing, or buy a front-fac­ing one. The weight cat­e­gories are nor­mally 9, 13, 18 and even 25 kg, and the seat would have been tested for that weight range. Use the seat in the rear-fac­ing po­si­tion up to the up­per limit be­fore switch­ing to a for­ward-fac­ing unit. Red in­di­cates for­ward-fac­ing guide­lines for the seat. The min­i­mum weight given is to ac­com­mo­date tall, skinny kids who have out­grown the pre­vi­ous group seat in length, but not weight. Again, use the car seat only up to the limit for which it’s de­signed.

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