The use of a child restraint system, or more commonly referred to as child seats, plays a big role in protecting our children in the car. A child seat may increase the chances of a child surviving a car accident by 60-80%.
It is very important to ensure that your child travels in an appropriate child restraint so it is a must for everyone to be aware of some characteristics of a good child seat in a car.
Type of Child Seats
There are three types of child seats available – Rear-facing, front-facing and booster seats. The types of child seats are based on the child’s age, weight and height.
Rear-facing seats accommodate newborn babies and toddlers who are not able to sit upright. These seats provide greater protection for the baby’s head, neck and spine during the car ride. Front-facing car seats are suitable for infants who are able sit upright and are heavy or tall enough. Once they get too big or too tall for those seats, they can be moved to a booster seat.
Car Seat Groups
Child car seat are bought in two ways: either according to your child’s car seat weight group or according to the height of your child. This includes in car seat groups.
This car seat groups contain the prior informations of child’s weight and approximate age range that suits for each type of child safety seat.
Refer to the following table.
It is always safer to place car seats in the rear as opposed to the front passenger seat. Never place a car seat in the front passenger seat if your car is fitted with a passenger-side airbag. The force of an airbag deploying can be lethal to babies and children, even in child seats.
Child Seat Quality
Additionally, car seats that come with an approval label means it has been certified according to a set standard. As a signatory to UNECE WP29, Malaysia adopts the ECE Regulation No 44-04 for child seat safety. Look out for the orange R44-04 label!
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If you have an ISOFIX anchor points in your car, always choose an ISOFIX-compatible child seat. ISOFIX is an international standard that makes safely fitting your car seat easier. Instead of being strapped in with a seat belt, the ISOFIX connectors on the car seat lock into the ISOFIX anchor points built into the car.
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Most cars sold in Malaysia after 2014 have an ISOFIX anchor points. Affordable models such as Proton Saga and Perodua Axia also have ISOFIX anchor points!
It’s always important for use to ensure every passenger in our car is safely strapped in for a worry-free journey.
For additional reviews, tips, and recommendations check out this Consumer Report interactive video of child car seat buying guide at