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When babies and toddlers outgrow their car seats, they should ride in a booster seat in the car. AUTO ZEITUNG explains when children should start sitting in a booster seat in the car and what parents should be aware of when buying one!

If the offspring slowly but surely outgrow the classic child seat, a booster seat, which is classically classified in the child seat group 2-3, ensures more safety when riding in the car. AUTO ZEITUNG explains when children are allowed to ride in a booster seat instead of a child seat in the car and gives tips on what types of booster seats are available and what parents should look for when buying an appropriate model with or without Isofix, with backrest or without- should pay attention to.

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From when is a child booster seat useful?

A booster seat makes sense if the child seat is still compulsory for the offspring, but it is already too big for conventional child seats is or with which the belt not yet properly runs. This is usually the case when the child’s head protrudes above the upper edge of the previously fitted child seat. But even if the child seat obligation of twelve years or a height of 1.50 meters no longer applies, the use of a booster seat can be useful. Especially if the offspring has already exceeded the age limit, but is still significantly smaller than prescribed. Only a suitable child seat increase can bring then an optimal belt course about and thus better protect. According to the child seat standard UN ECE Reg. 44 the booster seats by the way belong to the child seat group II and III. Means: The child must bring a weight of at least 15 kilograms on the balance, before it may drive on a booster seat in the car. If you want to use a booster seat without backrest, which is according to UN ECE Reg. 129, is only allowed to transport children who are taller than 1.25 meters and weigh at least 22 kilograms. Good to know: There is no legal requirement as to whether children must sit in the front or rear of the car. So whether the booster or child seat is in the passenger seat or the back seat doesn’t matter.

Interested parties can find a detailed overview of the various child seat groups and recommended models on the following overview pages:

These types of child booster seats are available

In child booster seats are mainly distinguished between three different types. The safest option is the booster seat with a backrest, which, in addition to the two guide horns that prevent the lower belt from riding up, also has a backrest and headrest. While the backrest ensures the optimal course of the upper belt, the headrest stabilizes and also provide side impact protection in case of emergency. In a child booster seat with belt guide, the upper body of the child in the event of an accident, on the other hand, is without side protection. In addition, there are still simple booster seats, but they have only a small protective effect. Because: The correct course of the belt cannot be guaranteed here due to the missing guide horns, so that the child sitting in it could slip out during the journey in the car.

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How to fasten child booster seats in the vehicle

Basically, child booster seats must be used with a three-point seat belt. The upper belt must be centered over the child’s shoulder and the lap belt, which is guided through the booster seat’s horns, must be positioned at the hip bones or above the thighs. And: Both belts must be placed on the side of the belt buckle through the guide horn, only in some exceptional cases the lap belt must lead over it. In addition, a fastening with Isofix is advisable to connect the seat and the vehicle to increase stability. Parents should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when attaching the booster seat.

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What to consider when buying a booster seat

The different types and fastening options, as well as legal obligations to child booster seats are now known. But on which things should parents still absolutely pay attention when it comes to buying a booster seat for the car? Our tips at a glance:

Child seat carpet pad provides support even with booster seats and protects upholstery

To improve the hold of the booster seat in the car and also to protect the covers of the car seats, it is worth buying a child seat carpet pad. What parents should look out for when buying a car seat, which products are recommended and further details on child safety seats can be found via the link below this paragraph.

Pay attention to the test seal

The first glance should always be at the test seal. Child booster seats without a standard test seal may not be sold in stores in Germany. What is usually problem-free in the retail trade, however, can be easily overlooked when ordering on the Internet.

Test sitting

In any case, a test sitting of the child on the booster seat should be done. The safest and most expensive model is of little use if the child does not feel comfortable when sitting on it. Of course, various extras can contribute to the feel-good ambience which the manufacturers are compensated for accordingly. So here parents should carefully weigh what is really useful and necessary- and what not. For example, there are models with comfortable armrests and washable covers. The attachment of the child seat in one’s own vehicle should also be gone through before purchase.

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Buy booster seat: Tests distinguish best booster seats

If you want to find out more about different models of booster seats, you can take a look at the annual tests conducted by Stiftung Warentest and ADAC, for example. Here, in addition to classic child seats, the best child booster seats are also distinguished. Those who opt for the upper third of the test candidates will miss little when it comes to safety. A car booster seat that can be fastened both by three-point belt and by Isofix wins at the latest when the child is not being transported in its own car. Cabs and rental cars often don’t have an Isofix system either, so the seatbelt option should always be available for safety’s sake.
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