Child Safety Seats: Know What Suits the Child
One of the most important responsibilities of being a parent involves taking care of one’s offspring and their safety. As per the reports by Road Safety UAE, every year there are multiple accidents involving kids who end up being injured or worse. A worrying, yet concerning fact is that in a lot of these cases the children can be saved if the child seat is used within the car. The actual figure of infants using a car child seat is a weak 2 percent.
The number one infant killer in the UAE, with over 62 percent mortality rate for infants are accidents that involve a car.
UAE has put in a lot of new federal regulations for managing the traffic and bring offenders to justice. And thankfully, there is a law that involves car child safety seat. As per the updated regulations, any driver who has a child onboard and fails to install child seat for the child aged four years will have to cough a penalty of AED 400 as well as four black points.
Similarly, the same amount will vehicle if a child aged ten is made to sit in the car’s front seat.
It is not difficult to spot children crawling about inside a moving car in the UAE. A reason behind this can be the lack of awareness among parents about the importance of child seats or neglect at times.
Let’s check out the categories for the child safety seat and what suits whom:
|Category||Approx Age Range||Weight Range|
|Group 0||0-1.5 Years||0-10kg|
|Group 0+||0-1.5 Years||0-13kg|
|Group 1||0.75-4 Years||9-18kg|
|Group 2||3-6 years||15-25kg|
|Group 3||6-12 years||22-36kg|
Group 0 and Group 0+
For infants aged between 0-1.5 years (18 months), the category of child safety seats are the Group 0 or Group 0+ seats.
The difference between the two seats is of the child’s physical size.
Group 0+ child safety seats are a bit larger and are ideal for children within the age group of 0-1.5 years, with the maximum weight of 13 kg. On the other hand, the Group 0 child safety seats take in the maximum weight of 10kg for the child aged 0-1.5 years.
Both types, Group 0 and 0+ seats are rear-facing; this is because it is the duly tested and recommended way to seat the babies in a car. A person can secure the car seat with the help of the conventional seat belt. Otherwise, bases can be purchased that can be kept in the car permanently. The person will just need to clip and unclip the car seat every time.
Some of the child car seats are also compatible with strollers and can be clipped with them.
After a child outgrows the rear-facing Group 0 or Group 0+ seat, the next iteration in the child safety car seats is the forward-facing Group 1 seat.
Group 1 child seats are used for children between the ages of 9 months to around 4 years. The normally recommended weight range for the Group 1 is somewhere around 9-18 kg.
These seats are fixed onto the car’s backseat, and the child has to be strapped securely. An important part of this category is that these seats are provided with increased side and head-impact protection. This ensures that in the likely event of an accident, the child will have the best chance for avoiding any injury.
A Group 2 child safety seat is a full booster seat that is complete with side protection and side cushions.
In these child safety seats, a child aged between 3-6 years can be seated. The ideal weight of the child is somewhere around 15kg to 25kg.
The Group 2 child safety seats are forward facing; additionally, the seats stay fixed in the cars. Strapping children in isn’t time-consuming.
Group 3 child safety seats can simply be known as the booster seat bases.
These Group 3 child safety seats carry children of up to 12 years of age with ideal weight being 22-36 kg. In some cases, the group 2 seats can be converted to group 3 seats which are economic.
From the safety point of view, these seats are vital and help keep the child safe. And now that the law mandates it, and you have been told about the differences, it is better to invest in one.