From day one your child's car travel safety is paramount. With so much choice and terminology to take on board, choosing a car seat can be confusing.
If you don't know your D-SIP® from your ISOFIX, we explain the latest car seat innovations and how to choose the right seat for you and your child.
So sit back and use this handy guide from Britax to find out everything you need to know about helping your little one travel in safety and style throughout their growing years.
Car seats are grouped by the weight and age of the child. Age is an indicator, but to choose the right seat for maximum safety, you really need to know how much your child weighs and their height.
Weight: Birth - 13kg
Safe, comfortable and convenient for newborns.
Age: Birth - 12/15 months
Rearward facing infant carriers.
Forward facing seats for pre-school children.
Age: 9 months - 4 years
Maximum safety combined with maximum comfort.
For the growing child.
Age: 4 years - 12 years
To take them through the school years.
Group 0+ and 1
Weight: Birth - 18kg
From birth to pre-school
Age: Birth - 4 years
Rearward & forward facing Safe and flexible
The car seat that grows with your child
Age: 9 months - 12 years
Ideal for grandparents
When choosing the right car seat, it's important to understand the technology and if your car is compatible. Check that the car seat is approved for the make and model of your car(s).
This is a D-shaped device built into the sides of the BABY-SAFE plus SHR II Infant carriers
Britax developed the D-SIP® to provide even better protection for babies in side-on collisions. The D-SIP nearest the car door is then manually turned onwards and locked in place.
In the event of an accident, it brings impact points closer, reducing momentum and, most importantly, deflecting the energy through the shell of the car and away from your child.
BRITAX developed ISOFIX back in 1997 in conjunction with VW. It's now an international installation standard for car seats in vehicles. ISOFIX connects the car seat rigidly to the vehicle chassis rather than just using your adult seat belts, reducing installation errors and increasing child safety.
In the event of a front or rear collision the Pivot Link system will stop your child being jolted too far forward, not only reducing the amount of force they are subjected to, but also minimising the chances of their head hitting the car interior.
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