Forward facing children’s car seats are the most common type of restraint you are likely to see installed in people’s vehicle’s. When moving from the Infant Carrier it was (and still is) common practice to have your child forward facing from 9kg / 9months onwards. It is recommend that a child stays rearward facing for a minimum of 15 months under the R129 regulation.
A good quality forward facing restraint by a reputable manufacturer can be a really good option for your family’s requirements.
Unfortunately, many poor forward facing car seats are produced and pumped into the European market from countries like China. This is even backed up by bigger retailers stocking low grade, minimal tested restraints putting sales before safety.
It’s understandable when you see a retailer selling a forward facing seat with a 5-Point harness for £20-£40, that you question paying….. £150-£200 for one.
We’ve always taken a balanced approach when it comes to what restraint you choose for your child to use. You can combine safety, with affordability.
The most expensive forward-facing restraint isn’t necessarily the best. When purchasing a child restraint, focus on some basic criteria and choose a seat that is: Right for your child, Right for your vehicle, and Practical for your family requirements. After all, you will be using the seat just as much as being the ‘operator’.
Children’s car seats are about safety. When sitting in any position your child needs to be comfortable. A focus should be to maximise the use of the seat within the manufacturer's guidance. A restraint should give you peace of mind on every journey. After all, you just need to ‘Click & Go’.
You are never going to be able to predict the outcome of an accident. Your forward-facing child restraint is the ‘safety link’ between all the energy and forces in a collision. Forward-facing car seats offer varying levels of protection by manufacturer and model. For you, as a parent, it’s about making a decision on the level of protection a forward-facing car seat offers.
In the event of an accident, you want your child to be impacted the least. A good quality forward-facing child seat will provide many levels of protection. Post events, you don’t want your child to be afraid to get back in the vehicle or restraint system. Safety features and installation vary by manufacturer as does the price.
What is the best advice for choosing a forward-facing children’s car seat?
Look at options by reputable children’s car seat manufacturers (all featured on Click Car Seats). Combine safety features with your budget.
Need assistance? Talk to us prior to making a purchase – we are happy to help.