Will a side airbag affect a child car seat? Must it be deactivated?

Only front airbags are hazardous to child car seats, as they are thrust into the passenger compartment. All types of side airbags and side curtain airbags are restricted from entering the passenger compartment and therefore do not negatively affect the child car seat. Thus, they should stay activated.

What should be the distance be between a front seat and a rear-facing seat?

After a rear-facing child seat has been installed, slide the front seat back so that it makes contact with the child seat, in order to prevent the child seat from striking the front seat in the event of a collision. If it is not possible to make contact between the front seat and the child seat, the minimum distance should be 25 cm.

What is ISOfix?

ISOfix is a system for fitting child seats in cars. The system comprises two rigid metal anchor points located in the gap between the back and sitting section of the car seat. Child seats with ISOfix contain two ISOfix arms that slot into these metal anchor points. The child seat also has a third point of support, usually in the form of a support leg that rests against the car floor.

Child seats with ISOfix are generally very easy to install, significantly minimizing the risk of incorrect use. Experience would suggest that a high proportion of traditional child seats are incorrectly installed and an incorrectly installed child seat can create a false sense of security. The ISOfix system offers a heightened level of safety as the risk of a child seat being incorrectly installed is minimal.

My child’s head rolls forward when it is sleeping. How do I solve this problem?

Once it has been installed, the angle of the child seat varies according to its angle and shape. It is generally advisable for the child to be sitting as upright as possible in the event of a collision (because the collision forces are then dissipated more evenly throughout the body).

However, if the child is sitting too upright, its head will roll forwards. This problem may be resolved by installing the seat so tightly that some of the air in the padding – and thus, the improper angle/shape – is removed: Remove the locking bolt on the support leg. Place one hand on top of the seat and press firmly so that the support leg is shortened by a notch or two. Tighten with a ratchet (and anchor belts, if it is a belt-installed seat) so that the support leg is resting firmly on the floor and the seat is completely rigid. Replace the locking bolt. Start the installation from scratch, if necessary.

How tight should the internal harness be?

The internal harness should be as tight as possible and no more than two fingers should fit between the child’s body and the internal harness. It is vital that the internal harness is as tight as possible, particularly with forward-facing child car seats.

The ISOfix base is difficult to attach to the ISOfix brackets. How can this problem be solved?

In some cars, the Isofix brackets are fitted very deep. In such cases, it may be advantageous to hold the base at an angle of around 45 degrees as it slots in. This will provide better access to the brackets. It should be noted that Isofix brackets that have been fitted deeply may give the base an improper angle. In extreme cases, it may be better to install the seat without the base. 

Can thick winter clothes be worn in a car seat?

Thick winter clothes should not be worn under the harness. In case of an impact, the textile will be compressed causing a distance between the harness and the body. This means that the harness won’t have a good grip on the child, which could be dangerous especially on forward facing seats.