What is an infant car seat?
As the name suggests, an infant car seat is a cushioned bucket seat that is meant for young children who are too short to be secured by the usual seat belts. It is designed to provide all necessary protection to the fragile body of babies in times of car accidents. Infant car seats are also referred as child restraints.
What are the rules and regulations on infant car seat?
Since 1 January 2012, it is the height and not the age of the child that determine if a child seat is required.
Accordingly to Road Traffic Act on Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Wearing of Seat Belts) Rules 2011 Section 8, any child who is “below 1.35 metres in height” is required to be properly secured by “an approved child restraint appropriate for a person of that height and weight”.
What is so important about putting my child in a child car seat?
Traffic rules and penalties aside, it is really about the safety of the child that is the utmost important reason why a child should be properly secured in a suitable infant car seat.
All approved infant car seats are installed with energy-absorbing foam that helps to protect your child during any accident by absorbing the crash force. A child is very fragile and vulnerable to any strong impact, hence should always be protected in an approved infant car seat.
Should the car seat be facing the rear or front?
The safest position for the car seat is always rear-facing.
Secure your child in a rear-facing car seat until the height or weight has reached the limit of the seat. Car seat placed in the rear facing position provide the best protection for your child and prevent any injuries to his head, neck and spine in the event of a crash.
What is an ISOFIX?
The ISOFIX (International Standards Organisation FIX) is an international standard system that allows you to fit an infant car seat directly into the car without using a seat belt. It is also called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) in the United States.
Only cars that were manufactured after 2006 are installed with the ISOFIX fittings, which are the two metal bars fixed underneath your car seats. If you are unsure if your car comes with an ISOFIX fittings, always check with your car dealer or manufacturer.
On the other hand, infant car seats which are compatible with ISOFIX will come with an ISOFIX base, which has two connectors at the back of the base to attach and lock onto the metal bars of your car.
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