Children are significantly more flexible than adults, so just because something might look uncomfortable to us adults does not mean that it is uncomfortable for children.
In fact, many children find it more comfortable in rear facing seats, as they can rest their legs against the back of the vehicle seat. When sitting forward facing, the child’s legs would be dangling down, resulting in strain on the joints and bones.
Similarly, imagine sitting on a bar chair without putting your feet on the foot support but having your legs dangling – this typically also becomes uncomfortable for adults after a while.
It is five times safer to sit in a rear facing position than in a forward facing position and we recommend that your child sits in the absolute safest position – in a rear facing child car seat – as long as possible.
This depends on a country’s own traffic regulations, the majority of European countries require securing children in child car seats up to a stature height of 135 cm, yet some countries demand usage up to 150 cm or sometimes until the age of 12. Please check your country’s regulations for this.
We at BeSafe recommend you to secure your child in a high back booster seat for as long as possible – until a stature height of 150 cm, even if not demanded by local legislation. A high back booster seat offers children important side impact protection and aids an optimal positioning of the vehicle’s lapbelt and shoulderbelt.
Consumer tests are only intended to help the consumer make the right choice. It is important to take into consideration your own requirements and usage when selecting a child seat.
Look for ECE R44-04 approved child car seats.
We know that as a customer it is important for you to receive advice and guidance on buying a child seat, not simply to identify the most appropriate seat but also to receive guidance in the correct use of the seat. The correct use of the seat is vital to safety.
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This has been proven after many years of testing. Read more about this in the separate chapter on rear-facing child seats.
A seat that has been involved in an accident must not be used again. In the event of an accident, the seat’s components may weaken, thus compromising safety.
When you visit your dealer, it is important that you receive proper advice. A child seat that has been incorrectly installed can have fatal consequences. You should therefore visit your dealer and read the user guide carefully. The user guide may be found on the product pages.
Carry out research before you visit any shops. Read a little about the various groups of car seats and try to identify your own needs.
Never be tempted into saving money by purchasing a used product. A used seat may offer a poor level of safety, either due to wear and tear or involvement in an accident. A used seat may compromise safety as it is not possible to know what type of treatment it has been subject to. Think of safety before cost.
An active airbag in front of a child seat may have fatal consequences.
A mirror for rear-facing car seats ensures better contact with your child and a car seat cover and activity cover protect the car’s interior.
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