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Your Car Seat Safety Guide

If there is one single item that is essential for all babies, it is a car seat. Many hospitals will not let you leave the premises until you have got a car seat to safely transport your baby home. Even if you do not own a car, you will still need a car seat when you are travelling in other people's cars.

We provide a free car seat fitting service because around 80% of car seats are incorrectly fitted. More importantly - we will show you how to fit your car seat. Our experienced staff are specially trained to provide advice and fitting guidance on the car seats that we sell, with many of the staff having young children of their own.

If you are unsure as to whether a car seat will fit into your car you should always "try before you buy". To make an appointment please call 01491 821290.

Having bought it - fit it securely and use it! Studies by the Road Safety Team have shown that a staggering four out of five child car seats are not properly fitted and 90 per cent of child road deaths could be prevented if children were strapped in to well-fitted seats. The safest way for children to travel in cars is in a child car seat that is suitable for their weight and size. In a crash at just 30mph, an unrestrained child would be thrown forward with a force between 30 and 60 times their own body weight, seriously injuring, or even killing, themselves and other passengers. There is also a high risk that they would be ejected from the car through one of the windows. It is never safe to hold a child on your lap whilst travelling in the car. Even in a minor accident, the child could be crushed between your body and the car interior. Moreover, even if you were secured with a seat belt, the child would be torn from your arms, no matter how hard you tried to hold on. It is also dangerous to put a seat belt around yourself and a child, or around two children. Most of this is just common sense but sadly it really does happen.

Top Tip 1

Make sure the car seat you intend to buy fits securely in your car.

Top Tip 2

Make sure your child is the right weight and height for your car seat particularly when moving from group 0+ to group 1. Your group 0+ car seat is the safest place for your child to be until his or her head sticks out of the top of the seat or his weight exceeds 13kg. Crash test dummies do not have ages. Age has nothing to do with whether your child is suitable to move to the next seat up.

Top Tip 3

Ensure that you are comfortable fitting your car seat. You never know when you may need to do it and it is your responsibility. There are always pictures of the correctly fitted car seat on the side of the seat.

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Buying Your Car Seat

Fitting Your Car Seat

This section includes information on the different types of car seat, explaining which seat is the right size for your child, what to look for, useful accessories and important things to remember before you buy. The car seat safety guide, sections on child car seats and the law, and car seats on test, provide the vital safety information that you need when buying your car seat. This section also includes information on fitting your seat, with a step-by-step guide to installing your car seat, a list of common problems and information on where to get help.

With most car seats in the UK being fitted incorrectly, it is crucial that you have access to the right information when selecting and fitting your child's seat. Our trained staff are all experienced car seat fitters and we have used their collective knowledge to put together this information. The golden rule is that it is absolutely essential that you get the fit checked if you are in any doubt at all.. Some manufacturers have car compatibility fitting guides on their websites, however it should be remembered that these are just guides and are not definitive lists. Not all car seats will fit all cars, and no car or car seat manufacturer can guarantee a secure and safe fit. All cars are different, even two of the same make and model can have different length seat belts!

It is therefore essential to ensure your car seat is fitted correctly, in order to secure your child's safety whilst travelling in the car. The showroom is based just outside of Wallingford and we are always happy to check the fitting of your car seat.

Three important points to remember about car seats are:

  • Always buy a car seat to suit your child's weight rather than height.
  • Not all car seats fit all cars; check the model you have chosen will fit your car. Seek professional advice if you are unsure.
  • Always buy a car seat because it has safety features that improve fit and protection, not because it has attractive fabric choices or good value accessories.

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