IN 1998, the German magazine "Automoto plus sport" published the results of tests 10 brand car seats.
They were conducted within one month, and most were directly involved in them mannequin child weighing 15 kg, and the price, by the way, 98 thousand dollars), consisting of a large number disconnect parts, for further review of each of them. The dummy was seated on the child seat safety, carefully fastened, and at a speed of 50 km/h was simulated collision. Check the strength of the seats were held by 36 readings. Now, of the 10 models of different companies, only 3 passed all the tests in a group of chairs weight: from 9 to 18 kg, and only 2 in the group of 15-25 kg And this means that only two seats out of ten of both age groups in the collision of the machine at a speed of 50 km/h (just!), the child will remain alive and will not receive serious injuries.
What does this mean? Apparently, the main and obvious conclusion that can do for themselves, the parents, acquainted with similar results, is that not all car seats are the same. And different at the same time they are not only the color, brand prestige and price. The main, and the only significant difference is that the degree of their security. If this basic criterion is doubtful, then tell me, why do you do this seat?WHERE TO BUY AND HOW TO CHOOSE A CAR SEAT
How to choose high-quality child car seat safety?
The first condition is to buy not on the market, and in the store. There are likely to be attended by the representatives of the manufacturer, which are better sellers will tell you everything and I'll explain. And most importantly, the store will show the appropriate and required documentation, certificates of quality. In the U.S., for example, each child seat should be a label indicating that its use is approved by the government, and that it has been tested in the collision. It is logical that narrow specialization, usually dictates a higher quality product. And, probably, the brands that make baby safety seats, more versed in this close to me the subject than the firms that manufacture a huge range of baby goods: from pacifiers to the same seats. By the way, has been proved and the results of those tests in 1998, when among the winners were the two companies: one that produces cars and car seats, and second, focusing solely on the latter. But at the same time, armchairs, manufactured car masters, as a rule, there is one serious drawback that the parents should pay attention to. They usually release the car seat only for their own machines. Agree, not too convenient, if you decided to change cars, get rid of the child seat (because it does more than just will not work), and then again to buy a new seat for the baby. Much more convenient popular now a universal model, absolutely suitable to any car. Having a child suppose to visit by taxi, you can easily will fit your chair and there.Approximate classification by weight and age
According to the modern classification of car seats are divided into groups by weight of a child. Absolutely clear, common to all classifications of Seating no, because different manufacturers of these stages are slightly different. But the approximate separation are as follows:
Option 1. From birth weight to 9 (some 10) kg Approximate age of 9 months;
Option 2. From birth weight up to 13 kg Approximate ages of 12 to 15 months. These two types of seats are against the movement of the car. This is done for the greater safety of the baby whose head, until about 9 months disproportionately severe in relation to the body, and from this trip in the direction of travel becomes much more dangerous. Such seats for correct installation (which sometimes plays a crucial role in security) sometimes require special indicator showing whether secured the chair. They are fixed on the front or on the back seat of a car using a lap and diagonal seat belts. Mandatory and soft cushion to support the head crumbs. Almost all of these chairs have a comfortable handle to carry them.
Option 3. The weight at birth up to 18 kg Approximately 4 years. These chairs may be set as against (if the baby is not 9 months), and the movement of the vehicle. The main criterion here is the weight.
Option 4. From 9 kg to 18 kg From 6 months to approximately 4 years. Installed only in the direction of travel of the vehicle;
Option 5. From 9 kg to 25 kg From 9 months to approximately 6 years. Or from 15 kg to 25 - for 3-7 years by other manufacturers. In the course of the vehicle;
Option 6. From 22 kg to 36 kg, 6-10 years. Other manufacturers: from 15 kg to 36 kg Approximately 4-11 years. Chairs, consisting of two parts - base, fixed to the car seat, and a removable part of the chair, in which even the sleeping child, not disturbing it can be easily lifted out of the salon.
There is a universal security model - transformers, growing along with your baby. For example, universal chair that combines 4, 5 and 6 groups. It can be used with 9kg to 36kg, from 9 months to 10 years.
An important criterion in the selection of the chair is its method of attachment. Some seats themselves are attached to the vehicle by a strap over the seat back and the seat, and the baby in the chair four - or five-point belt. This method is quite dangerous because for the most part (more than 50%) of the seat with such fasteners parents are wrong, and its main task is to protect the child does not perform. In General, the more straps, the more errors. More reliable and modern way of securing children is that the child together with the chair, like an adult, to wear ordinary (regular) car seat belt.THE DESIGN OF THE CAR SEAT
Approaching the purchase of a car seat with all seriousness, is to ask and the design of the seat. Namely, ask the seller to bend the fabric cover, to show you the frame and to tell what material it is made. Plastic (even shockproof) frames, as practice shows, are less reliable in comparison with metal. In addition, if the seat is not appropriate microclimate achieved by producers with special designs, then the child will be stuffy, hot, and he just doesn't want to sit in this chair. Pay attention to all the buckles and fastenings on the straps. If the responsible nodes fasteners or straps are of dubious or plastic elements, think, is it worth the risk.
The upholstery must be configured to allow air and moisture, and the design of the backrest cushion to provide ventilation. And, of course, all fabric coating should be easily released and removed.
The price is really good child car seat safety (from 180 to $ 350) high, but justified. Since all its many details from a complex framework to breathable cloth cover is quite expensive. In addition, included in the price and the guarantee of security, which is confirmed by the documents relating to tests and test driven the car seat. Cheap, without the appropriate certificates, and therefore, unsafe seat no reason to buy. It is functionally disabled and will just take place in the car. In addition, the quality of the car seat in the fact that hunting whether your baby is sitting in it. So good producers consider this very important point.
Statistics of many Western countries shows that, after the use of child safety seats safety there became mandatory, the probability of severe injury and death of children decreased 3.5 times! We, unfortunately, such rules yet. And you long to grieve about it and wonder how our country does not love their children. But we love them. And if you have a car and have a little child, without the child seat security in today's world, knowing these figures, it's just a crime.
The Magazine "The Nanny"