Friday, December 9, 2022
safety seat

How to choose a car child safety seat? 3 tips to ensure the safety of children in the car


Starting from September 1, 2020, anyone who fails to use a safety seat in accordance with the regulations will be fined NT$1,500 to NT$3,000! The biggest difference between the new system and the old system is that the age required to use the “rear-facing” safety seat is extended to 2 years old, and it is recommended that children under 4 years old prefer to choose the rear-facing safety seat. Specific child safety seat regulations can refer to the following:


Children under 2 years old: should use a portable crib or rear-facing safety seat, and should be placed in the back seat, and the safety seat should not be installed in the passenger seat.

2 to 4 years old or under 18 kilograms: safety seats should also be used. It is recommended to use rear-facing seats first and place them in the rear seat. Safety seats cannot be installed in the front passenger seat.

4 to 12 years old: Although it is not mandatory to use safety seats, it is still recommended to use safety seats or booster cushions before they can safely use adult seat belts. How to choose the best travel booster seat for your children? 

Types of car seats

The basket-type flat-lying safety seat (bed) is suitable for infants under 1 year old and under 10 kg. It is placed in the back seat of the car with its head back

Child safety seat (smaller seat) is suitable for children from 1 to 4 years old or 10 to 18 kilograms, with their heads facing forward and placed in the back seat

The safety seat for school children (larger seat) is suitable for children aged 4-12 years or children weighing 18-36 kg, with their heads facing forward and placed in the back seat

How to install the car seat

A What is ISOFIX? 

ISOFIX (International Standards Organization FIX) is the standard for installing child safety seats in cars. In 2016, the Ministry of Transport stipulated that all new-style passenger cars should be equipped. In Europe, this is a fairly common installation method, and most European automakers adopt the ISOFIX standard.


The use of ISOFIX is very simple. Just align the male buckle on the car seat with the female buckle of the car seat to complete the fixation, and add the third-point supporting foot to complete the installation of the safety seat. The position of the ISOFIX fixed seat is different depending on each model. However, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania, because car crashes are mostly concentrated in the front half, it is safest to install the child safety seat in the middle of the rear seat.


B. Baby car seat belts

If the car is not equipped with ISOFIX specifications, in addition to asking the car dealer how to install it, in fact, you can also use the car seat belt to install the child safety seat, as long as the car is originally equipped with the three-point safety belt It can be installed, the usable age range is wider, and there are more products to choose from; however, when installing in reverse, you may need to consider whether the length of the seat belt is enough. If it is not enough, you must purchase an additional seat belt to use it. It is recommended to go to the store for trial installation before buying.


Three tips for choosing a safety seat

Weight prerequisite: According to the safety seat regulations, the standard of measurement is age and weight, but if the child is three years old and weighs 25 kg, then the weight is the main one. Choose a safety seat for school children with a larger seat.

Shock absorption and cushioning design: The purpose of car seats is mainly for safety protection. Only a safety seat with shock absorption and cushioning design can effectively reduce impact damage.

Material: In addition to considering the size and safety design of the safety seat, consider the comfort of the seat, whether the material is breathable and easy to clean, so as to prevent children’s skin from rashes due to sultry heat.

Child safety seat

As long as you master the above three principles, you can basically choose a suitable child car seat. As for other additional functions, such as: rotatable design, hood, cup holder, etc., it depends on personal needs and budget. Where to choose, but in any case, as long as you want to take a child out, you must have a safe seat. Several children need a few, and the safety seat has a shelf life. Don’t buy second-hand goods just to save money! In addition to the correct installation of safety seats to ensure the driving safety of the child, don’t forget to insure the car insurance to give you a safer and comprehensive driving protection!