Public roads can be hazardous environments; all sensible drivers know this and take precautions to buy a new or used car that has all the safety features available at any given price point. Buyers hope then that they are giving passengers the best chance of a safe and peaceful journey. There is however one specific group of individuals who are especially vulnerable and that’s the babies.
Probably within days of the new arrivals wailing their way into the family home there will come a time when the infant needs to be transported. For this reasons car makers now routinely fit Isofix to the back seats as standard.
Isofix is known as the international standard for attachment points for child safety seats in passenger cars. The system is known by various names around the world and there can be regional differences so it pays to ensure that any fittings or baby/child seats meet UK standards; don’t risk cheap imports or seats that can’t fit to Isofix mountings. Isofix ensures both a universal connection, useful when changing cars, and a higher requirement for safety than just a seat-belted baby car seat.
There are so many brands to choose from that the selection can be bewildering. The simplest advice is to buy the best seat available within budget or even just beyond it. Purchasing from a specialist retailer means there should be someone available who can knowledgeably advise.
Equally importantly it pays to remember that children will grow; there’s just no stopping them so when buying a car seat keep this in mind. It is almost certain that at some stage the seat will have to changed for a larger model, but careful selection will minimise cost.
Fiddling With Things
When safely installed in a child seat babies will do one of three things more or less constantly: They will sleep, they will cry and they will throw up on your leather upholstery. That’s a given. However, as they grow they start to find annoying things to do and one of those things is fiddling because now they can reach the door handles. They learn fast so the next safety phase has to be child locks. Usually there are two types fitted to rear doors.
The first is the automatic type fitted adjacent to the driver. It’s usually a small button or switch on which is represented a door and a padlock symbol, or something similar. Once pressed it will lock either all doors or at least the back doors.
If that switch isn’t present then the likelihood is that the doors must be child-proofed manually. On the inside of the rear doors adjacent to the lock mechanism there will be a switch which may require a car key or screwdriver to set it. Do this once, and it’s done. The doors can still be opened from the outside.
The law categorically states that offspring must normally use a child car seat until they are twelve years old or a minimum 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. After that they must wear a seat belt just like the rest of us. It is important therefore to allow for the physical size of both the child and the seat. On some cars, ambitiously described as 2+2, the rear seats are small. Certainly they will accommodate a baby but as the child grows more legroom is needed. So the choice then is not just the right seat but also the right car. That’s why at eCars247 we offer all our buyers a market-leading fourteen day test drive
to learn to live with the new car
or new baby; whichever comes first.