Every second child in the car, backed up incorrectly

The matching seats to protect accidents of children in the car. But every second is not installed correctly. It comes to a Crash, children can be life-threatening injuries.


8640 children under the age of twelve were injured in the year 2017 than occupants of a passenger Car, 14 even in the event of accidents killed. A portion of the injuries could be prevented, possibly, if the required child seats correctly. This is not in 48 percent of the cars, however, revealed a study by the accident research of the insurers (UDV).

Although the rate fell for the misuse for the first time under the brand of 50 percent, 496 were used to sit of 1042 examined children wrong. If child seats are not correctly used, however, are often particularly severe: the severity of misuse rose from 21 percent in 2008 to 60 percent in 2018.

Incorrect attachment as the most common errors

The most common errors were related to the leadership of the strap when mounting a baby seat or a child seat in the car. Either the strap was not guided through the proper Holes or not tight enough tightened. Nearly 50 percent of respondents did not know, however, plain and simple, as the proper handling of works. 20 percent of the errors were quite aware of – they stated that due to time constraints, or because of the short travel distance to have not carefully enough traded.

The most important questions and answers to the child seat forward – or backwards – as should be transported in a child?

For as long as possible rear-facing in an infant car seat. Because in the case of a frontal collision, the neck is subject to less stress. The ADAC recommends to transport children up to the age of at least two years, contrary to the direction of travel. There are so-called Reboarder, so a rear-facing child seats. However, it must be disabled when using as a seat or a baby seat on the front passenger seat the Airbag.

When should instead of a baby, a child tray can be used seat?

First, if the head upper edge of the child no longer is in the shell.

What needs to be considered in booster seats?

Useful such increases are only for children of about four years, since only then the shoulder of the child is more stable pronounced. It is important that the lap belt is guided by large hooks, and in the case of an accident, not in the belly area may slip. Booster seats with a back support, increased safety, event of a side impact. Also, you should make sure that the child falls to Sleep out of the belt.

When may be secured in a child without a child seat?

Children up to a body height of 150 cm must be secured in an appropriate child seat so that even with larger children the seat belt as with an adult. Therefore, the seat must have increases strong strap hook, since the lap-belt or a heavy belly can cause injury. A child is not 12 years old but taller than 150 cm and the strap is the same as for an adult, is not required a child seat.

What to look for when buying?

Before the purchase, should be oriented judgments necessarily to Test. Also always a built-in sample with the child and the respective seat in the car must be made, because not every child seat fits in every vehicle. In the case of backward-facing Seats or baby must also be the belt is long enough shells.

What are the children on the passenger seat?

In the case of an active passenger Airbag a rear-facing child seats on the front passenger seat, because the triggering the Airbag could kill the child even. For forward-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat, there are no legal restrictions, the warnings on the seat and the operating instructions should be adhered to. The ADAC recommends that you always use the rear seat.

What is space on the back seat with the middle seat?

New child seats can usually only be fixed with a three-point safety belt, so the middle seat needs to be fitted with such a belt. At the same time modern children’s seats are slightly wider, which is why often no three child seats simultaneously on a classic rear bench fit. There is a matching safety belt and adequate space, however, nothing against the middle seat.

This was also reflected in the results: the duration of the trip affects the rate of errors significantly. While for trips of a duration of up to a maximum of five minutes and 53 percent of the seats were incorrectly used, it was a journey of about 30 minutes as opposed to only 43 percent.

Isofix provides significantly less error

“Manufacturers have to the handling of child seats easier,” says the UDV-Director Siegfried Brockmann. Although shells are the baby, and Sit detailed instructions, and these are often difficult to understand. “Here, it needs instructions films and detailed instruction in the specialist trade,” says Brockmann. In addition, Tests should not be taken into account in the future, only the crash behavior, but also a simple handling of the check.

A positive message is there, however: In the case of Isofix Seats, the misuse fell sharply, only 33 percent of the seats with these safety systems have been used incorrectly. In this type of fixation is created by two eyelets, a rigid connection between the child seat and the body and thereby reduces forward movement during a frontal impact.

At the same time, the correct installation of the Isofix technology is relatively simple, so cut those seats in the class for children up to a body weight of up to 13 kg and in the for children weighing from nine to 18 kilograms, much better than the models with the three-point belt can be secured. There, the ratio was almost reversed, with only 38 per cent were correctly used, 62 percent of the seats, however, wrong.

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