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The Best Child Car Seats

The Best Child Car Seats

Posted On 14 Sep, 2016

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Picking the right child car seat is among the most crucial motoring decisions you will ever make.

Depending on where you live, there are differing age restrictions and laws on how child car seats work, and with good reason. Incorrectly sized or fitted seats can be more dangerous than no seat at all.

And if a seat is too big or small, it too becomes a risk. In the UK at least, child car seats law explains the rules. In a nutshell, children must use the correct car seat (this is complicated, and explained elsewhere on the website) until they are either 12 years old, or 135cm tall.

GHSA child paggenger safety laws outlines regulations in the US, which are too complex to describe in this article as they vary from state to state. Some of the details on how regulations vary in the EU are described at European child seat law.

For these reasons, you must make sure you follow the correct rules if you are driving with your child on holiday too. There is no excuse and whilst your child’s safety should be the priority regardless, you’re probably not too keen to pick up a fine either.

European child seat laws will help you find out which is the ‘best’ car seat, as there are literally thousands of options out there. Your choice will depend on what you can afford and what is available locally. UK seats are set out in Groups 1/2/3. The grouping that’s right for your baby depends on their age and weight.

The whole area is actually very complex, which perhaps isn’t the most helpful for concerned parents seeking to do the right thing. Glancing swiftly over the Mothercare website illustrates costs range from £269 to £135. So child seats are not particularly cheap either, especially as you’ll need different ones as your child ages.

Newspaper articles can guide you to the right choices, like this one in the Independent. ‘Every year in the UK, around 30 children under the age of 12 are killed in cars and a further 5,000 are injured.’ it explains.

This being the case, there is every reason to properly research, consider and pick the right option when it comes to this vital driving decision.

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