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          Car Seat Buying Guide

          Car Seat buying Guide

          We can help you find the right car seat for your little or not so little one giving you the peace of mind and peace and quiet as the right car seat will give your little ones less to moan about.

          We stock and fit baby and toddler seats for all group car seats.

          Let’s Look at child Seat Law

          Using a child car seat or booster seat

          Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 cm tall, whichever comes first. Only EU-approved child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle. You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.

          Now that we have laid down the law

          Let’s look at i-size and ISOFIX. ISOFIX is an international system, which provides the safest, simplest and quickest method of correct installation of a child car seat. Instead of using the regular car seat belt, the ISOFIX system secures the baby seat to the car chassis via two specially incorporated anchor points behind the car seat.

          ISOFIX also helps reduce the forward and side ward movement of the seat and limits rotation through a special support leg. For the past 10 years, EU legislation mandated that all new cars must have ISOFIX anchor points as standard. Hence, currently approximately 60% of all cars on the road have ISOFIX anchor points.

          i-Size seats were created to offer improved protection for younger children. Unlike normal seats i-Size seats are based on a child's height (not weight) and allows them to travel in the recommended rear-facing position for longer up to at least 15 months old for group 0+ car seats.

          The two standards will run side by side for the foreseeable future. The i-Size standard is exclusive to ISOFIX child seats. The “ECER44” standard remains a norm for seat belt-fixed seats and ISOFIX seats for a while.

          Child car seats that comply with the new i-Size regulation provide up to twice as much protection as conventional child car seats. For example, i-Size seats provide better head and neck protection, thanks to the longer rearward facing of 15 months. i-Size also provides better side-impact protection because, for the first time ever in a child car seat regulation, it includes a set of minimum performance criteria for this type of collision.


          Now that the jargon is out the way.

          Car seats are grouped into specific weights or age groups allowing you identify quickly which group you need giving you more time to research the differences between them all.

          Seats can go across multiple groups and some will go over most of the categories are as follows


          Group 0+ Car seat

          Travel System compatible and suitable from birth to 15 months (0-13 KG)


          Group 0+/1

          Group 0+/1-Rearward and Forward Facing Car seat Suitable from Birth to 4 years (0-18 Kg)

          Group 1

          Group 1 - Forward Facing Car seat Suitable from 9 Months until 4 years (9-18 Kg)

          Buy BeSafe iZi Modular i-Size Group 1 Car Seat, Black Cab Online at johnlewis.com


          Rearward Facing Car Seat

          Rearward Facing Car seat Group 0+ And 1 Suitable from Birth to 5 Year (0-25 Kg)

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          Group 2/3

          High Back Group 2/3 Car Seats Suitable from 4-11 Years (15-36 KG)

          Group 1/2/3

          Group 1-2-3 Car Seat suitable from 9 months all the way to 11 years (9-36 KG)

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