Car seats: test of the safest for children

Today, it is safer to travel by car than in the past, thanks to increasingly effective active (those who ‘anticipate’ the problem) and passive (aimed at reducing damage) safety systems. The technology contributes to the development of the former, while the latter benefits from research, that is, increasingly rigorous and refined tests.

Among the active systems that help our driving, we mention anti-lock braking (ABS), traction control (TCS) and stability (ESP), among the passive systems are included – among other things – the seat belts, the airbag ei highchairs. The latter in particular, although essential when children travel on board, often become a dangerously neglected element when these children enter adolescence.

The most affected area is between 11 and 13 years old

In this context, an analysis from the ASAPS Observatory emphasizes that the traffic accident is the main cause of death in childhood, especially for daily trips. If, on the one hand, thanks to lockdowns, there was a reduction in the incidence rate in 2020, the gradual return to normalcy coincided with an increase in victims among children. In particular, the hardest hit group is from 11 to 13 years: Because at this age, you risk failing your guard and you think the car seat is no longer needed.. However, the responsibility always lies with the parent (or driver), who must keep in mind that in the event of an accident – with a child not tied to the seat – the insurance company can exercise the right of recourse, or the reimbursement. of the compensation provided for in the policy, in case of intentional misconduct committed by the insured.

Height and weight the garments to be followed

On the other hand, although the rules continue to improve the safety of transporting minors (from 2017, for example, seats for older children must have backrests to be approved), accidents with children do not go down. Altroconsumo has, with the aim of helping parents choose highchairs, tested some models. Although children at the age of 12 may despise the use of the seat, it remains a legal obligation to fit the weight of the child and be necessary up to the attainment of 150 cm in height. (Article 172 of the Traffic Act). In fact, it is not age that counts when switching to seat belts, but height. Otherwise there is a fine: from 83 to 333 euros and deduction of 5 points from the driver’s license.

All models offer protection

The study, among the child seats tested, also included 27 types intended for older children, not to be confused with the back splashes, which are not recommended – although they are allowed from 15 kg – because children are not protected in the event of a collision. transverse. The classification according to the quality of the seats is considered by group 2/3 or iSize 100-150 as suitable (indicative suitable for children aged 4 and over). Actually, the result confirms that even the worst-ranking model still provides protection against letting unbound children travelwith the risk of hitting the walls of the cabin or being thrown out of it, and in any case it is always a greater protection than wearing seat belts alone.

The tests put car seats to the test to reflect as accurately as possible what is happening in real accidents. The result of the study sees CYBEX Solution M-Fix SL child seat in first place and, like Best Buyer, the 3 JOIE i-Trillo, GRACO EverSure i-Size and CBX YARI child seats. Of course, experts warn, in order for the product to perform its function adequately and safely, it must be placed correctly in the car: Even the best car seat would not actually be effective if installed incorrectly. Therefore, before placing a car seat, parents should read the instructions carefully, check that the harness is tight and that it passes correctly both in the seat and at the collarbone (not on the neck) and on the hips (not on the abdomen). ) of the baby. Finally, adults need to make sure they attach to children on every trip, even for short trips.

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