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Choosing the right seat for your child

The different groups are explained here:
Group 0+ rear-facing baby seats
Group 0+ - 1 rear and forward-facing
Group 1 forward-facing
Group 1-2-3 forward-facing
Group 2-3 forward-facing
Boosters - Group 2-3

Group 0+ rear-facing baby seats

Group 0+ car seatSuitable from birth to 13 kg (approximately 12-15 months)

  • Rear-facing car seats or infant carriers are suitable from birth and are designed to provide all the protection needed for your little one's first car trip.
  • Some also fit into a travel system pushchair.
  • They are designed to support your baby's back and neck in the event of an accident.
  • They have a useful carry handle, ideal for transporting a sleeping baby from car to house without waking them.
  • Baby seats have their own integral straps or harness to safely secure your little one.
  • The adult seat belt or ISOFIX system is used to hold the baby seat in place.
  • You must not use a rear-facing car seat in a seat with a front airbag, unless the airbag has been deactivated.

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Group 0+ - 1 rear and forward-facing

Group 0+1Suitable from birth to 18kg (approximately 4 years)

  • Group 0+ - 1 seats are suitable as rear-facing from birth up to 13kg (approximately 12-15 months).
  • They can then be used as forward-facing from 9-18kg (approximately 9 months to 4 years).
  • These seats have their own integral straps or harness to safely secure your child. The adult seat belt or ISOFIX system is used to hold the car seat in place.
  • Many models have multi-recline positions for added comfort and most have side impact shields to protect your child in the event of a crash.
  • You must not use a rear-facing car seat in a seat with a front airbag, unless the airbag has been de-activated.

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Group 1 forward-facing

Group 1Suitable for 9-18kg (approximately 9 months to 4 years)

  • Use a forward-facing seat when your child has outgrown their rear-facing baby seat.
  • If using in a seat with a front airbag, make sure the seat is set as far back from the airbag as possible.
  • Group 1 seats are secured with either an adult seat belt or the ISOFIX system.

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Group 1-2-3 forward-facing

Group 1-2-3Suitable for 9-36kg (approximately 9 months to 12 years)

  • Group 1-2-3 seats are ideal as your child grows and represent great value for money.
  • These seats have their own integral straps or harness to safely secure your child when they're between 9-18kg. From 18-36kg use the adult seat belt to secure your child in the seat.
  • The adult seat belt or ISOFIX system is used to hold the car seat in place.
  • Most models have side impact shields to protect your child in the event of a crash.
  • Look out for a range of additional features such as multi-recline and armrests for extra comfort and safety. Some seats have integrated cup holders.
  • Some models will convert to a booster seat for use when your child is older.
  • When using a forward-facing child seat in a seat with a front airbag, make sure the seat is set as far back from the airbag as possible.

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Group 2-3 forward-facing

Group 2-3Suitable for 15-36 kg (approximately 4-12 years)

  • Group 2-3 seats are forward-facing and may have backs or side wings.
  • This group of child car seats don't have their own straps, your child is held in using the adult seatbelt.
  • The seat is held in place by the adult seatbelt or the ISOFIX system.
  • Some models come with armrests, adjustable head supports and multi-recline positions for extra comfort.
  • Look out for models that convert to a booster seat for when your child grows.
  • When using a forward-facing child seat in a seat with a front airbag, make sure the seat is set as far back from the airbag as possible.

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Boosters - Group 2-3

Booster Seat
  • If your child weighs more than 36 kilograms but isn't 135 centimetres tall, they legally must continue using a car seat. A slightly more grown-up alternative is a booster seat.
  • The booster raises your child so the adult seat belt can be used safely across their hips and chest.

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