Multi-group child seats tested - Introduction
Some are for younger infants, in groups 0/0+ and 1, while some cater for more than two groups, but most are for older children using seats in groups 2 and 3.
The predominance of seats catering for children in these groups isn't surprising, however, since they don't necessarily require complicated harnesses, or reclining mechanisms - meaning the seat design can be much simpler.
We think the three group seats and those for newborn babies and young infants carry an extra risk of incorrect use because they're a little more complicated to fit than group 2 seats. We'd urge everyone to spend the time to learn how to use them properly and to fit the seats well in advance of a journey.
It's also well worth repeating the warning that newborn babies in rear-facing seats should never be placed in front of an active airbag. Since the group 0/0+ and 1 are used both forward and rearward-facing it's vital that you remember this most important of all child seat safety warnings.
Your child also needs to move up a group when they exceed the maximum weight of the seat, or when their head extends above the top of the seat.
The sometimes tricky fitment of many of these seats means it's also particularly important to periodically remove and refit them to ensure the fitment is still correct.
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