The Peugeot 3008 new model has plenty of tech and safety equipment on board to keep you and your family safe on the road. One thing that many new parents find confusing is child seats. How do you choose the right one for your Peugeot 3008 SUV? Let’s take a closer look at child seats and how you can select the correct one to meet your needs.
A Child Seat Primer
In theory, most modern child seats that you would install in your new Peugeot 3008 are good. However, some are better than others, and everyone wants the best for their child were safety is concerned. Every child seat sold here has to pass rigorous Australian Safety Standards, so it’s important to understand that you don’t need to obsess about this decision.
As a new parent, child seats can seem a little baffling, and they can be incredibly expensive. Making a purchase can often seem theoretical, as you will need to shop for it before your baby arrives and have it fitted in your 3008. However, once your baby arrives, it will become the most crucial purchase you’ve ever made, as it needs to ensure that perfect little person is sheltered from harm. This anxiety can be made even worse when you learn that studies have shown that 90 percent of parents fitted or used child seats incorrectly. So, it is crucial to choose the right seat and learn how to use it from day one.
Check Testing Results
The first mistake you can make when choosing a new child seat for your Peugeot 3008 is to assume that all models are the same. In a recent study performed by the NSW Crashlab, only one out of the 22 child seats tested provided a five star level of protection. So, while seats on sale here must pass regulations, be sure to conduct some serious research to create a shortlist of potential models before you make a purchase decision.
Fit for its Purpose
Just because you buy the best, safest seat, it doesn’t mean that your job is done. If a seat is not installed correctly, it will not be able to work correctly. A Neuroscience Research Australia study observed parents reading manuals and then attempting to install a child mannequin into a restraint. Unfortunately, at least 90 percent of the parents made mistakes. These conclusions are supported by previous RACV research that found that 70 percent of the child seats used daily were actually incorrectly fitted. Unfortunately, child seats are notoriously difficult to install to make them fit for purpose. However, you can negate this by taking your Peugeot into an authorised dealer for fitting advice and installation.
Front or Rear Facing?
Finally, you need to consider whether a front or rear facing seat is the best choice for your child. In Sweden, car seats sit facing backward up to the age of eight or a weight of 25 kilograms. While this may mean that you cannot see your child easily, it does make communication easier, as their head is closer to you. Here in Australia, we typically move children to front facing seats at the age of 12 months, but this is not mandatory. You can keep your child in a rear facing seat for as long as you like, ideally, primary school age.
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