Changing your car seat often can be an inconvenience. That’s why a car seat suitable from 9 months all the way up to 12 years can be a great investment. These child car seats are also great if you regularly have other children in the car with you as they are suitable for all ages. They have inserts and a 5 point harness for children up to 4 years of age. Then you will remove the harness and it changes into a booster seat.
We have a big range of group 1 2 3 car seats from Maxi Cosi, Cosatto, Cybex and Osann. You can get isofix and seat belted car seats depending on your preference and car.
Seat belted car seats: The key thing to remember with child car seats, is that not every seat fits every car. It’s easy to think that a belt fitted seat will fit with any seat belt, but there are many potential problems that can undo all your hard work and cause your seat to be fitted dangerously.
A main issue with seat belted car seats is the risk of buckle crunching. When child seats are fitted with the adult seat, it must be the webbing of the seat belt holding the seat in place, not the seat belt buckle. If any part of the plastic seat belt buckle casing is on or over the plastic frame of the seat, it is an unsafe fit, which is called buckle crunch. Buckle crunch typically happens in vehicle's that have the female buckle on a long stalk, causing it to protrude out of the vehicle seat. However, buckle crunch can happen on buckles with a shorter stalk, if the wrong car seat is used.
Buckle crunch is dangerous, because the plastic casing of the seat belt buckle is bent on or over the plastic of the child seat. This puts pressure on the casing, and in a collision, the casing could shatter - causing the car seat to not be safely restrained.
Seat belted car seats are perfectly safe if installed and used correctly.
Isofix car seats: Isofix provides a more secure and easier way of attaching child seats in cars. Fitting points are built into both cars and child car seats when they are manufactured. An Isofix child seat is 'plugged' into the corresponding fitting points in the car, removing the need to use the car's seat belts to secure it. An additional top tether or support leg is used to prevent the child seat titling or rotating in an impact.
To find out if your car has Isofix points, look for Isofix labels between the base and back of your car seats (the fitting points themselves may also be visible) or check your vehicle's handbook or contact the manufacturer or dealer.
These all come in a range of different colours and designs that your child will love too.
Choosing your kids car seat is never easy, there is so much to think about that’s why our team of experts are here to help. We will also fit your car seat free of charge and will check it at any stage to give you piece of mind. Come into one of our Dublin stores to find the right car seat for your child or order online now and get free delivery (UK & Ireland)