Car Seat Buying Guide

What to consider before purchasing a Car Seat

All children must use an appropriate child restraint until they are 135cm in height or 12 years of age, whichever they reach first, when travelling in a car seat or booster seat fitted with seat belts.

We start by identifying which car seat group best meets your child’s needs. There may be more than one that suits. For this we need to know your child’s weight, height and age. All 3 can be factors when choosing a car seat category.

Don’t worry if you can’t remember their measurements—we can always check for you in-store.

The choice is yours. We will check whether your vehicle is ISOFix compatible or whether the seat belt is the only means of securing the car seat to the vehicle.

ISOFix? - An international standard of built-in attachment points in a car’s structure, designed to fit a car seat. This is the safest, easiest and quickest way to fit a car seat correctly. ISOFix provides a solid and permanent connection between car seat and car body.

Belt-fitted? - A car seat installed using your vehicle’s 3-point seat belt to secure it in place.

Note: Some car seats need to be secured with both ISOFix and a seat belt.

Once we’ve found a car seat that suits your child and your budget, we’ll need to check whether the car seat fits your vehicle. All cars are different, so we check whether your chosen seat is compatible with your vehicle—and we fit it for you, free of charge.**

Remember to let us know if more than one vehicle will be used, so we can make sure you find a car seat compatible with every car in the family.

**Check it Fits service is offered for car seats from manufacturers that provide this fitting list.

Our team can show you how to fit the car seat you choose on our in-store car seat rigs, and will even give you the opportunity to try fitting it yourself.

i-Size (R129) is a European Safety regulation that came into effect in 2013 regarding car seats for children under 105cm in height (approx. 4 years).

i-Size does not replace the current ECER44/04 standard.

The categorisation of these seats is based on height and size rather than height and weight.

i-Size car seats for newborns are designed to keep them rearward-facing until they are at least 15 months old, as this is the safest way to travel.

A baby’s head is 5 times heavier on their body than your head is for you. That’s why your baby needs extra support to protect their head and neck.

Extended rearward facing seats reduce the risk of injury in a head-on collision by more than 73% compared to a conventional forward-facing seat. In an impact, the force is distributed evenly over a larger area rather than being focused on baby’s neck.

Our Baby Experts can help you find out more about the safety benefits of keeping your child rearward-facing for as long as possible with our range of extended rearward-facing seats.

Only move your child out of rearward-facing car seats when their head has crowned the top of the seat or they reach the maximum weight outlined by the manufacturer.

Side impact protection - Deeper side wings ensuring optimum protection should your car be involved in a side-on collision.

Top tether connection - A tether on the back of the car seat at the top. When hooked and tightened to the tether points in your car it helps keep the car seat from tipping forward in case of a crash or sudden stop, providing extra protection.

Support leg - Extends to the vehicle’s floor for extra stability. Please check whether the support leg rests on an under floor storage compartment in your car, as this may be unsafe.

Harness - Straps that keep a child secured in the car seat in case of a crash. The safest harness is a 5-point harness that secures the child at the shoulders and hips, and buckles between the legs.

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  • Child’s age
  • Child’s weight if available
  • Child’s height if applicable
  • Car seat group required
  • Rearward-facing recommended
  • Vehicle details
  • ISOFix compatible?
  • Vehicle compatible with car seat?
  • Car seat demonstrated with all parameters