If you’re driving to your holiday destination this year, keep in mind the safety of children in the car. Make sure they’re tucked in to a South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) approved seat that’s correct for their age, height and weight. You’ll know whether or not you need to move on to the next stage when your child no longer fits into their current restraint.
NEW-BORN TO 12 MONTHS: Rear-facing car seats should be used for babies until they weigh 13kg or are 75cm tall. This provides the best protection as, in the event of a collision, the force will be spread over the larger area of the infant’s back, instead of the underdeveloped neck and proportionally bigger head, when thrown forward.
TWO TO FIVE YEARS: Some pricier seats can accommodate kids up to 115cm or 25kg, but less expensive, good quality, safe and secure forwardfacing car seat options are available. Ensure they can recline and have an easily adjustable harness and headrest. These seats should keep them going until they’re 105cm tall and up to 18kg.
FIVE TO 12 YEARS OR 1.5M: If they weigh 18-25kg, they should travel in a secured forward-facing and high-backed booster seat. They can upgrade to a booster cushion when they weigh 25-36kg.
Sources: Arrivealive.co.za, Childsafe.org.za and Carseatfullstop.org