The driver is solely responsible for the proper transportation of all children on board. Our child seats are designed exclusively for installation using a three-point belt or ISOFIX points. If you are carrying several children in the car, the child seats should be selected so that each of them can be fitted depending on the space available and the types of belts installed in the vehicle. If a child is to be secured on a passenger seat equipped with an airbag, the instructions on securing children (see the vehicle’s user manual) must be followed. If the securing of other children in child seats prevents the fitting of a further child seat, one child aged three years or above may be secured on the rear bench without a child seat by using the adult seat belt. However, this should only be done in exceptional circumstances! The findings of the ADAC car test show that three child seats can often only be installed next to each other without difficulty in vehicles with individual seats (vans, mini-buses). This is because modern and safe child seats have become slightly wider and the seat benches usually have a more strongly shaped contour. If problems arise, the passenger seat should therefore also be used for securing a child. Moreover, vans often have a third bench that can be used to cope with problems of space. In most instances, changing to a vehicle with a third bench might be the better option. Please see the information in the vehicle’s user.
Rear-facing child seats must never be installed on the passenger seat in vehicles with an active passenger airbag (front airbag). If an airbag is triggered, it could strike the child seat and cause serious or even fatal injuries to the child. Forward-facing child seats can also be installed on the passenger seat in most instances, but the seat must be adjusted as far back as possible.
Some vehicle manufacturers generally advise against using the passenger seat for securing children due to the possible dangers presented by the triggering of an airbag. However, legislation does not impose any restrictions on the use of forward-facing child seats on the passenger seat. Nevertheless, it is important to comply with the warning notices on the child seat and in the vehicle manual. Newer vehicles are fitted with so-called airbag key switches. This allows the vehicle driver to perform quick and easy deactivation of the passenger airbag.
Our basic view is that you should only transport your child on the passenger seat in exceptional circumstances, e.g. when you are sitting in the car on your own with the child. However, if you do place your child on the passenger seat, the passenger airbag must be deactivated. Your vehicle’s user manual will contain instructions on deactivating the passenger airbag.
The safest place for children in a car is essentially on the rear bench. The seat in the middle is the safest, although this is usually only fitted with a lap belt. We recommend the seat behind the passenger seat, as this is usually fitted with a three-point belt. This side is also next to the pavement, which reduces the danger presented by passing traffic when getting in and out of the car. The vehicle manufacturer’s instructions must be followed. They contain important information, especially on the use of airbags in conjunction with child seats.
Newborns and babies still have an especially weak spine and their muscles are poorly developed. That makes it all the more important to transport newborns in a horizontal position for the first 3 months whenever possible. Suitable infant carriers, such as the RECARO Young Profi plus (ECE Group 0/0+), are available for this. Your baby should not be transported in an infant carrier for longer than 2 hours in order to protect your little one’s spine. The same applies when the infant carrier is not fitted in the car. It’s also important that the infant is always belted in to prevent the child from falling out of the carrier. When fitting the carrier in the vehicle, the carry handle must be set as indicated in the instructions for the child seat. Infant carriers should be used for as long as possible, as transporting your child in a rear-facing position has its advantages in the event of a frontal collision (see Reboard).
Most vehicles nowadays have so-called ISOFIX hooks installed in the rear bench; some cars also have them on the passenger seat. This standardised system allows infant carriers and child seats to be installed securely, simply and above all safely in the vehicle. This does away with the occasionally burdensome and awkward handling of vehicle seat belts. Most RECARO child seats are available as ISOFIX or SEATFIX versions. Please see our type list to determine whether the chosen seat will fit your car.
Some vehicle manufacturers offer integrated child seats as an optional extra. While these child seats are practical and can cause far fewer mistakes when securing the child, they cannot be transferred between vehicles. Integrated child seats are not found in very many vehicles because they are usually more expensive than universal accessory child seats and also require the purchase of an infant carrier. ADAC tests show that integrated child seats do not offer any safety benefits over good quality accessory child seats. In some cases, the sleeping position for children, the belt guidance and the lateral support are worse on integrated child seats than on good universal child seats. Their main advantage is that they are always available in the vehicle, allowing you to take your children with you at a moment’s notice.
Older vehicles in particular can have safety belts that are too short to secure child seats and infant carriers in place. The reason for this is that a minimum belt length for new vehicles was only prescribed in the year 2001. If you experience this problem, please consult the vehicle manufacturer.
In some vehicles, a special transponder system is available (for an additional charge) which automatically deactivates the passenger airbag when a child seat is installed on the passenger seat. You must read the manufacturer’s operating manual for such vehicles. Usually, only child seats that the manufacturer provides directly through its range of accessories are suitable for these systems. We therefore recommend deactivating the passenger airbag using the vehicle’s key or having it permanently deactivated at your local workshop. You can use all popular makes of child seat on the passenger seat.
We always discourage the purchase of used child seats – especially when you do not know the previous owner in person. The risk of buying a damaged seat or one that has been involved in accident is very high, and it is often impossible to identify any safety-related issues at first glance. Please also note that a used seat must display the current test standard ECE R 44/03 or ECE R 44/04. You will find the relevant information on the orange ECE label on the seat.
The orange ECE test label displays a weight indication or information on the corresponding ECE group. This information is a good orientation aid. Another point to consider is whether your child’s head is still adequately supported by the seat shell. Essentially, you should wait as long as possible before changing up to the next size of child seat. It is vital that your child’s head is not supported by the hard shell. Please note that with the new registration standard i-Size and ISOFIX seats the subdivision is no longer by weight, but by age and size.
A good place to start looking for information is in the test reports of well-known, independent organisations such as ADAC or Stiftung Warentest. The appeal of purchasing a particularly inexpensive model made a manufacturer you’ve never heard of may be irresistable at first glance. However, the statutory minimum requirements for registration in Germany are much lower than the highly developed test procedures of independent institutes. Cheap seats often suffer faults with regard to both safety and use. Once you’ve come up with a shortlist of preferred models, we urgently recommend that you seek comprehensive advice from a specialist retailer. You should take time for this and visit your dealer together with your child and vehicle. Insist on being shown how to use and install the child seat in your car.
Reboard is the term used to describe child seats that are installed in the vehicle facing away from the direction of travel. All RECARO infant carriers (ECE group 0/0+, up to 13 kg, approx. 15 months) are intended solely for rear-facing installation. RECARO also offers reboard child seats, such as the Polaric (Group I, 9-18 kg), which is suitable for children from approx. 9 months to 4.5 years of age. Rear-facing systems offer greater protection in a frontal collision, as the impact load is distributed right across the child’s back, significantly reducing the forces that act on the neck.
Child seats are subdivided into so-called ECE groups. The ECE group indicates which seat is suitable for the child’s body weight class. You can find more information on the four different ECE groups 0/0+, I, II, III here. Our “Seatfinder” helps you find the right model quickly and easily.
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