TYPES OF CHILD CAR SEATS

types of child car seat

Group 3
(22-36 kg)

Group 2
(15-25 kg)

Group 1
(9-18 kg)

Group 0+
(0-13 kg)

Combination child car seats

Gruppo 1/2/3
(9-36 kg)

Group 0+/1
(0-18 kg)

SPECIFIC CHILD CAR SEATS

Specific child car seats refer to one Mass Group only. They guarantee the highest level of safety, comfort and functionality to children belonging to a certain weight bracket. They hence represent the optimal solution for everyday and frequent use (main car, long trips etc.). As they are specific for one Mass Group only, they can be used for a shorter length of time.

COMBINATION SEATS

Combination child car seats, on the other hand, refer to two or more Mass Groups. These seats represent a cost-effective choice because they cover two or more weight brackets and may be used for many years. T he safety features they were designed for are guaranteed but, given its use for children of different ages and different body sizes, they are less compliant and, therefore, particularly suitable for sporadic use (for instance, the seats left in the cars of grandparents and babysitters).

ISOFIX SYSTEM

It is the safest and easiest way to install a child car seat correctly, because it is not simply fastened to the seat, but it actually becomes an integral part of car chassis, reducing the forward rotation movement in case of frontal impact. It is no longer necessary to use the vehicle safety belts, as the child car seat is fastened directly to the vehicle's own anchor points.
This totally minimises the risk of incorrect installation, as the specific indicators confirm when it is fitted correctly, reducing the frequent errors that occur when fitting commonplace restraint systems.

The Isofix system has 3 anchor points:

  • Two Isofix anchor points, located on the vehicles back seat - between the back rest and the vehicle seat to which the Isofix connectors are fastened.
  • The third anchor point can be:
    • a support leg which is a system that rests on the floor of the vehicle that stabilises the child safety seat (Semi-Universal system* as it is compatible with a limited number of cars)
    • a top tether that is fastened to the rear of the vehicle back seat or to the boot depending on the vehicle in question (Universal System – as it is compatible for use in most cars on the market).

The legislation that regulates car manufacturing has ruled that, starting January 2011, all new cars must have built-in ISOFIX anchor points on the back seat to which the Isofix child safety seats can be fastened.

* read the car instruction manual to check for relative compatibility.

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