Child Safety Seats

If you look around the department stores, you will find a relatively good range of child safety seats. Although there are no regulations on what's the minimum standard of safety by the authorities, I believe that the investment depends on how much you value your loved ones.

I have seen some child seats that are really badly built, constructed with cheap plastics that have no proper restraints or ergonomic function. I really do not know how some of these even got onto the shelves but buying them may prove to be a huge mistake in the event of an unfortunate collision.

After 'studying' many makes and models, I finally came to conclusion that I would go in the direction that most car manufacturers would for bucket seats. I went for the Recaro. Having been convinced with all the safety features and the fact that the seat was German made, I figured that if a bucket seat manufacturer were to produce a child safety seat, they should be no less inferior to the track worthy racing seats produced.

On a personal note, I have been using the Recaro Young Sport for the past 4 months now with no regrets. For one, my daughter is really comfortable in it and she enjoys the car rides very much. Especially when she is sound asleep. In the aspect of safety, there is a 5 point harness and a side protection for the head. The quality is top notch and the base is flat, reducing the probability of damage to you car seat.

Although it may not be the cheapest, at S$480, it was certainly worth the investment. Parents should understand that there should be no compromises to safety for the consequences of a collision are irreversible. Besides, if you could afford a car, the cost of a good child seat is negligible.

Here's some details of the Recaro Young Sport:
  • Safety plus: multi-adjustment headrest and large-area side protection
  • High-quality cover materials: from innovative, trendy microfibre or fashionable Bellini. All covers are removable and can be machine-washed at 30°C
  • Comfort and safety: Central adjuster for harnesses and patented belt tensioner
  • Easily fitted: simply secure the seat with the car’s own 3-point harness
  • Extremely long useful life: 1 seat for children from approx. 9 months up to 12 years (9 - 36 kg)
  • Comfort for parents: practical carry handle
  • Safety plus: integrated 5-point harness for group I, 3-point vehicle harness for groups II and III (5-point harness recommended until 18kg)
  • Safety plus: height-adjustable shoulder harness with energy absorber
  • Comfort and safety: the one-handed harness adjustment automatically adapts the harness when the backrest is adjusted; this virtually eliminates the possibility of maloperation
  • Comfort: Rest position with one-handed operation

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