The expert guide to Group 2 - 3 car seats
When your child is getting bigger, they still need maximum protection in the car. A Group 2 - 3 (suitable from 15 to 36 kg) car seat is ideal from around three and a half or four years right up until they no longer need a car seat at the age of 12 years.
The important benefit of continuing to use a high-backed car seat instead of simply a booster seat is that not only will the seat belt be held in the correct position across your child’s body, keeping them safe in the event of a crash but that it will also offer protection from side impacts – and many accidents are of this kind.
Fixing your Group 2 - 3 car seat into your car
With a seat belt and optional Isofix:
With this type of seat, the car’s seat belt holds the child and keeps them safe in the event of an accident.
It allows for correct routing of the seat belt through the seat’s integral guides, so that the diagonal belt is held across the upper body without cutting into the neck; the lap belt is also correctly held across the pelvis rather than riding up on the stomach.
Ask your retailer to try before you buy.
Be sure to correctly fit it every time you make a journey, as many car seats are incorrectly fitted which could be fatal to your child in a crash.
If your car is fitted with Isofix, it is always safer to secure the car seat every time you put it in the car. All you need do is click the car seat into the car’s Isofix points.
However, you can still use a Group 2 – 3 seat even if you do not have Isofix. It’s a good feature to choose, as you may change your car in a few years an this kind of car seat lasts eight years.
Some car seat models have retractable Isofix prongs, so it can be used in cars with Isofix or without.
Important safety information
Never put a car seat in a seat where there’s an airbag – even if the airbag can be disabled by the car’s manufacturer, it may not be 100% safe. It is always safest to have your child in the back seat.
When to move on
Always go by your child’s weight, not by the suggested age (which is only stated as a guide). As soon as your child reaches the upper weight limite, buy a new car seat. You may also want to buy a bigger seat if your child is especially broad or long, but again, discuss with your retailer and follow the weight guidelines.
The safest way to travel
A child up to 1.35 metres (4ft 5in) tall or aged 12 years old, whichever comes first, must use the correct restraint when traveling in a car, van otr other vehicle. It is safest to leave your child in a high backed booster as long as possible. There are several reasons for this:
- Your child is protected from side impact.
- The seat ensures the correct position of the seat belt across your child’s torso and lap.
- Your child is held in a better position should they fall asleep and will be unlikely to slip out of the belt.
Here are some of the key features to look for when buying a Group 2 and 3 car seat
- Deep, comfy, padded seat and solid outer shell to protect in an accident.
- Deep, comfortable side cushioning for impact protection to the head and hip area.
- Smooth underside to sit firmly on the car’s seat without damaging it.
- Head and back rest which adjusts quickly and easily as your child grows.
- Recline position for naps, preferably adjustable from the front.
- Height adjustable head cushion and adjustable sides.
- Removable, machine washable covers.
- Easy to access belt hooks to ensure correct positioning of the seat belt across the child’s body.
- Lightweight so you can easily move it from car to car.
- Drink and snack holders.
This innovative seat design, suitable from around three to twelve years, makes it simple for your child to be fastened into the car quickly, easily and safely every time you drive. It can be adjusted to fit the height and width of your child as they grow, so they are always comfortable and well protected.
The sides of the seat and the head rest are deeply padded with Maxi-Cosi's "AirProtect' technology and they wrap around the child, meaning that they are well protected in the event of a side impact.
The seat is installed simply, either with the car’s seat belt or with optional Isofix prongs (which retract out of the way when not in use) and the car’s seat belt is also used to fasten your little one into the seat. It has a recline mechanism which is easy to reach from the front.
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