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When the child has outgrown the infant carrier, parents are faced with the problem of choosing the right child car seat. Brand manufacturers such as Cybex offer models with or without Isofix. It’s up to you to find your own personal favorite. More information >
After a shopping trip to the supermarket, Marie places her daughter Johanna in the infant carrier. While Marie is securing the seat with the safety belt, she notices that Johanna’s head almost reaches the upper edge of the headrest. A few days earlier, Marie realized from reading a parenting guide that it would soon be time to replace Johanna’s infant carrier with a suitable child car seat. Friends have recommended Marie purchase a car seat for children weighing between 9 and 18 kilos, as this Group 1 seat is a popular follow-on model to the infant carrier. That afternoon, Marie broaches the subject of child car seats with her husband. The couple decide to look on the Internet for a model which would suit Johanna’s needs.
Johanna can already support her head on her own. Thorsten is aware that this is an important prerequisite for using Group I child car seats which are anchored in a forward-facing position in the car. Thorsten’s colleague has recently bought his son Max a rear-facing car seat belonging to the 0+/I Group, the reason being that Max has grown out of his infant carrier but is only able to support his head himself to a limited extent. On the Internet, Marie and Thorsten discover various forward-facing seats from brand manufacturers, such as Cybex and BritaxRömer, which are fitted with the Isofix anchoring system. Marie knows that child car seats equipped with Isofix can be firmly anchored to the body of the car, assuming the latter is also fitted with Isofix. In the event of a head-on collision, the Isofix system will provide Johanna with comprehensive protection. Thorsten shows Marie a model featuring an impact shield: During transport, the shield is secured across Johanna’s tummy with the help of the car safety belt. In the event of a collision, Johanna’s upper body will be restrained, reducing the strain on the back of the neck and the head. Another feature of this model that appeals to Thorsten is the height-adjustable headrest, which will allow the child car seat to “grow” with his daughter over the next few years. Thorsten is also impressed by the integral lying position, which will enable Johanna to sleep comfortably however long the journey.
Marie is unsure whether her daughter will take to having a shield across her tummy and points to an alternative model with a 5-point harness. A 5-point harness of this kind is also a reliable restraint system, but allows greater freedom of movement.
While Marie and Thorsten continue their search for a suitable child car seat and Marie keeps an eye out for matching car seat accessories, we would like to help you find the right car seat for your child. Our experienced team will be pleased to provide you with information about child car seats that meet your own personal requirements. Please feel free to contact us for purchasing advice.
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