Baby and child seats, along with seat belts in the case of older children, are the most effective way of providing road safety for children. Their effectiveness in preventing fatal accidents or serious injuries is somewhere between 50 and 80 percent. While nearly 90 percent of children currently use child seats or seat belts, the fact is that nearly half (between 40 and 60 percent) of children who die in car or van accidents are traveling with no protection whatsoever.
When choosing the best child restraint system, there are decisive factors to bear in mind. The main one is that weight is always more important than age, because weight is what determines the level of resistance the child seat needs to provide. However, in recent years, height is gaining ground as the most important factor to take into account.
There are various types of child seats, depending on the weight of the baby or child:
- Group 0: up to 10 kg or approximately 9 months old.
- Group 0+: up to 13 kg or approximately 15 months old.
- Group I: between 9 and 18 kg or from approximately 8 months up to 3 or 4 years old.
- Group II: between 15 and 25 kg or from approximately 3 to 7 years old.
- Group III: between 22 and 36 kg or from approximately 6 to 12 years old.
We provide you with detailed information on each type of seat.
Once the most appropriate seat is chosen it is important to avoid mistakes when installing it, something that can often happen through not following the manufacturer's instructions when installing child seats that use the seat belt. The Isofix system, by using its anchor points, provides safety when installing a CRS. Would you like more information about how they work?
The website Children's Road Safety provides fathers, mothers, guardians and professionals involved in child safety in cars with the information, resources and material about the use, selection and installation of child restraint systems (CRS) in cars and in any other means of transport.
Its principal objective is nothing less than achieving ZERO CHILD VICTIMS IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS. To achieve this, all the necessary information is provided for buying, installing and using these seats according to the physical characteristics of the child, as well as the current legislation in Spain and various Latin American countries, the standardization regulations which guarantee that all the seats on sale offer a minimum level of safety, a system for comparing different child seat models (based on the manufacturer, model and the year it was assessed), and answers from experts to any queries raised.