The safety, security and reliability of your car are all extremely important – and even more so if you’ve got young passengers. The vast majority of vehicles available today come with a reassuringly high number of standard safety features, including those designed especially to protect children.
If your baby or toddler is in a rear-facing child seat strapped into the front passenger seat – it’s really important sure you’ve deactivated the passenger airbag. This can either be done by putting the key into a switch and turning it, or through the menus in your headunit (check the handbook for exact instructions). With the child’s head too close to the airbag, the effect when it inflates could actually be more detrimental than protective. If the child seat is facing forwards, bring the passenger seat back as far as possible.
For any child seats that you’re fitting in the back, you must check your model’s handbook – not all seats will fit every vehicle correctly or in the same way. A number of manufacturers (since around 2005) build their cars with ISOFIX attachments included. These are anchor points that are a standard system to hold child seats in place. Don’t count on this being a standard feature in the car you choose, though, so always remember to check. It’s easy to check, most seats with ISOFIX points have a label close to the fixing point.
When the kids are old enough to wear standard seatbelts, keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t unbuckle themselves en route. It’s worth remembering that adult belts don’t sit across children in the same way, and everyone under the age of 12 and less than 135cm tall must use a child seat or booster seat.
If you’d like any more advice or to pick out a child-friendly car, please come to your closest Lookers dealership. We’ll advise on the best models to suit you and your family.
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