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In Car Safety for our precious cargo!

Here at Tiny Emergency HQ we want our followers to be up to date with all aspects of safety, not just First Aid tips. Accident prevention is key, and this is why we are delighted to do a blog with In Car Safety Centre in Milton Keynes. Giving you up to do date regulations and advice for in Car Safety for your precious cargo.

In Car Safety Centre


With so many car seats to choose from as well as two different regulations to wrap your

head around, choosing your perfect car seat is never easy no matter what stage you are at.

In Car Safety Centre are a fully independent company who take pride in offering impartial

advice to help you make an informed choice on your child car seat. Their aim is to find the

perfect seat that is suitable for your vehicle(s) and your child, and to educate caregivers on

the importance of car seat safety. You may be shocked to hear that 70% of children’s car

seats are either inappropriate for the child, incorrectly fitted or incompatible with the car(s). This is why choosing the right seat is so important.


Car Seat Categories


Car seats are typically split into three categories – baby, toddler and child. Babies are

generally transported in infant carriers, travelling rearward facing until they are 15 months.

There are other options, typically known as combination seats, that may be used until 18kgs

(approx. 3 ½ -4yrs). Your toddler seat, using either a harness or an impact pad, will usually

accommodate your child from 15 months to approximately 3 ½ to 4 years. However, there

are seats that may be used until your child is 25kgs (approx. 5 ½ to 6yrs). Many of these

seats are Rear Facing. At approximately 3 ½ to 4years, you child may move into a High

Backed Booster. These seats do not use a harness, but rather ‘restrain’ your child using an

adult lap and diagonal seat belt. Your child must stay in this seat until 12 years of age, or

135cms.


Which Seat is Best?


This will depend on your vehicle(s), your child and what best suits your needs. However,

Extended Rear Facing (ERF) seats are always promoted by In Car Safety Centre for

toddlers and young children. Some rear-facing seats will grow with your child until 18kg,

while some will span right up to 25kg. You should always consider the current weight and

height of your child as this will often be an indicator of what size they will be at 4 years of

age, and if they are bigger than average it is recommended that you opt for a 25kg seat to

get as much use as possible out of this. Your baby’s skeleton is made up of mostly cartilage,

which over time turns to bone. As babies grow, their bones fuse together to form bigger

bones and specifically in the spine, the vertebrae start to form at 3 years of age, but will not

be fully developed until 6 years of age. This is why ICSC recommend rear-facing for as long

as possible, because in the event of a collision, your baby’s whole body is protected by the

seat as it absorbs the impact over the whole head, neck and spine, whereas in a forward-

facing seat, your child’s torso is held in place but their head, neck and limbs are thrown

forward causing great strain on the neck specifically, which may lead to serious injury or

even death. A baby’s head makes up 25% of its body weight, which shows why the impact

can cause such injury, when we consider that an adult’s head only makes of 6% of their

body weight. Always remember that even if you have a bigger child, they will develop at the

same rate, and so you still need to consider staying rear-facing for as long as possible.


Regulations Explained


Child car seats must undergo accident simulation testing to determine whether a seat is safe enough to be sold. There are currently two regulations; ECE R44/04 and since 2015, ECE R129 (also known as i-Size). These are the safety standards that car seats are rated

against.


i-Size is the most recent safety regulation controlling the manufacture of children’s car

seats (ECE R129). It was introduced in July 2013. The intention was to make child car

seats easier to fit, provide better protection from side impacts and keep children rearward

facing for longer.


R129, i-Size car seats are the new standard of car seat safety and force the industry to

adhere to the highest of safety standards. R44/04 is an older and frankly, out of date set of

safety standards. It's being phased out by a new wave of i-Size car seats.


Below you will find a condensed version of the key differences between the two regulations

to make it simpler to understand.


ECE R44/04

Classification based on child’s weight (in kg)

Child can be forward-facing from 9kg

Categorised by groups (Group 0+, 1, 2, 3)

Can be used for seatbelt or ISOFIX seats

Rear, front and side impact testing

P dummy used in crash tests with 4 sensors


ECE R129 (i-Size)

Classification based on child’s height (in cm)

No groups

Child must rear-face to a minimum of 15 months

Can only be used for ISOFIX

Rear and front impact testing

Q dummy used in crash tests with 32 sensors


Are i-Size car seats safer?


Absolutely. In addition to their increased compatibility, easier installation and rear-facing

setups, they are side-impact tested. Believe it or not, side-impact testing is not a legal

requirement for R44 car seats (although some manufactures do side-impact tests anyway).

With i-Size seats, you can rest assured that all seats pass rigorous side-impact tests before

being awarded the R129 mark of approval.


Which i-Size car seat do you recommend?


There are now many seats that are ‘approved’ to the new i-Size (R-129) Regulation. The

correct seat will be the one that is the most suitable for your child, fits the vehicle(s) it is to be used in and is ‘approved’ for use in those vehicles. Your child is unique, and seats have

differences, so physically checking suitability is by far the best way of ensuring your child as safe as is possible to achieve.


Picking your Car Seat


In Car Safety Centre always recommends trying car seats in your car before purchase. This

is the best way to confirm the seat is suitable for your child and compatible in every way with your vehicle. However, they understand that many of customers are not located near one of their Centres, and so they have attempted to mimic the in-store experience, online.


Their new and improved site has a clever ‘Quick Find’ feature where you can follow some

easy steps to find the perfect seat for your child. As well as this, there is now an improved

Safety Centre and a brand new Blog section, where you will find helpful information, and

conversational topics around the ICSC approach to child car seat safety. The aim is that the

information that is provided will make the daunting task of selecting the perfect car seat, less daunting, and that bit easier. If you feel that you need more assistance, please use the

Contact page to get in touch with one of the highly trained advisors at ICSC.


Shop car seats and get useful child car seat advice here: www.incarsafetycentre.co.uk


Thank you for reading!

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