Booster for the child in the car: features, types and reviews
When traveling in a car, parents should provide the child with a high level of safety. Very tiny babies travel in autolyllas, older babies in car seats. But what to do with a fidget who no longer wants to sit in a rigid structure? A booster for a child would be a good alternative to a car seat.
Almost all motorists have seen this device and imagine for what purpose it is intended. But most drivers find it difficult to answer the following question: “Is it possible to transport a child in a booster?” Also, some car owners want to learn how to use this device, how to fasten it and how securely it is. Let's try to answer all your questions.
What is a booster
Boosters for children in the car manufacturers are often called a variety of car seats. You can also hear names like “frameless chair” or “backless car seats”.All these terms are not true.
In fact, the booster for a child is a seat under the ass with armrests, which makes the baby taller. In this position, the child can be fastened with a seat belt, without fear that the tape will pass through the face. The booster raises the child, and the safety belt falls on the shoulder - only this position will provide the necessary level of protection in case of an accident.
The booster is just an adapter with which the child is fixed with a standard belt.
Is it possible to carry a child in the booster
Most drivers are concerned about the legality of installing a booster instead of a full-fledged car seat. What is the real situation now and is it allowed to use this device according to the rules of traffic regulations?
Carriage of children is carried out in accordance with paragraph 22.9 of the Road Regulations, in which the following can be read:
“Transportation of children under 7 years old in a passenger car and truck cabin designed with seat belts or seat belts and ISOFIX child restraint system * should be carried out using child restraint systems (devices) appropriate for the child’s weight and height.
Transportation of children aged 7 to 11 years (inclusive) in a passenger car and a truck cabin designed with seat belts or seat belts and the ISOFIX child restraint system must be carried out using child restraint systems (devices) that are appropriate for the child’s weight and height , or using seat belts, and in the front seat of a car - only using child restraint systems (devices) that correspond to the weight and height of the child.
Installation in the passenger car and the cab of the truck of child restraint systems (devices) and the placement of children in them must be carried out in accordance with the operating manual for the specified systems (devices). "
What does this mean? To date, the phrase “and other devices” has been removed from the law, which at one time provided boosters or other adapters with full legitimacy.
Now the rules of the traffic regulations state that only certificate-holding devices have a right to exist. That is, if the device has a certificate, confirmed by the relevant documents and marking, by which it is possible to classify the type of device and its purpose, then its use will be legitimate.
However, according to the new amendments, the carriage of children under the age of 12 years in the front seat without a seat was banned. Therefore, the child in the booster in the front seat can not carry. Those who are opposed to this introduction, it is worth recalling that the place next to the driver is considered the most dangerous according to statistics of accidents. People in this place are injured and die more often than everyone else. It even received a special name - “a place for suicides”.
The central rear seat will be the safest for the child. Or the place immediately behind the driver.
At what age can you use the device
At what age can booster for children be installed instead of a chair? If the child has not yet reached three more years, then it cannot be transported in this device. But, in addition to age, you need to focus on weight and height of the passenger.
Most boosters are designed for weight from 15 to 45 kg. A child who weighs less than 15 kg is definitely early to be transplanted from the car seat, even if he has already reached the right age. In addition, the adapter is designed for a child to grow from 120 cm, although most people advise not to rush to replace until the baby adds at least another 10 cm.
Good advice: while the child is placed in a child seat and normally carries a trip in it, do not transfer it to the booster.
Booster for children in the car is classified by age and weight groups, as well as the car seat. Only he does not have the first and zero groups, as he is not intended for the transportation of children under 3 years old. Group 2 - the weight of the child is above 15 kg, group 3 - the weight is above 22 kg.
Also, the device can be divided into different types depending on the material from which it is made:
- Foam foam.
- With metal frame and multilayer.
The first option is the cheapest and unreliable. Models are made of extruded foam. This is a low-quality product that does not even withstand intensive driving, and during crash tests it falls apart. But the products are light, they are easy to move and install. Although if we talk about protection, they can only protect from fines.
Plastic have a more rigid structure and are quite reliable. Especially when high-quality plastic is used. They also have a low weight, which is why products can be easily re-mounted from car to car.But the products are not very comfortable, the kids are uncomfortable in them, and in emergencies they often split. The price on them is higher than on the model of foam.
Multilayer models with metal frame are the most convenient and reliable. They are shock-resistant and can withstand significant loads due to the fact that they have a layer of special energy-absorbing material on a rigid metal frame. The top of the product is covered with a cloth. Such boosters are heavy and not so mobile, and they are higher than the models of plastic and foam. But everyone redeems their excellent shock absorbing properties and high level of reliability.
Which is better: car seat or booster
If a person asks, “How long can you booster a child?” He clearly wants to quickly replace the car seat with a simpler device. But is it worth doing?
In fact, a child seat in a car is in many ways preferable: it will provide better safety in case of an accident, since it has a safer and stronger fixation, plus soft head restraints and a backrest additionally protect against injuries.
The booster’s safety level is lower: it doesn’t provide the small passenger with adequate protection, it only raises it so that you can use the standard seat belt. Unlike the chair, in the booster there is no protection against side impacts.Formally, this device exempts from fines, however, in any emergency it is preferable that the child be in the car seat.
Nevertheless, boosters for transporting children in the car have a lot of advantages. The main advantage is that children in such a device are more at ease, whereas in the car seat they are clamped. Fidgets do not like being restricted in movement, and refuse to sit in a child seat. Boosters in this case very much help out.
Price is also an important factor. There are models of adapters that cost no more than 400 rubles, although they should be ignored. But even if you take expensive models, they will be cheaper car seats, although with an increase in the price category the difference will be less and less obvious.
Another advantage is the saving of space in small-sized cars. In some cars, a child seat blocks the entire cabin, while the booster takes up minimal space.
Quality models are mounted with the ISOFIX system, which is also a definite plus. So the device will be securely fixed, and the booster will not fidget on the seat by inertia.
The disadvantages of this device is also enough. We have already mentioned the low security level, although it should be noted that it is low only in comparison with the car seat. But it is better to use a less reliable device than not to fasten the child at all.
It should also be noted that low-cost models have a poor fixation system, which reduces the reliability of the device. During long trips, small passengers are uncomfortable due to the lack of a back, and plastic models turn into torture devices.
When to transplant a child
When should you already remove the car seat and transplant the little passenger into the booster? The age of the child must be at least 3 years old, this is all clear. It should also meet the minimum parameters for height and weight. Otherwise, you should follow the following recommendations:
- The child is uncomfortable in the chair. He obviously outgrew him, it gives him discomfort. But at the same time, the young passenger has not yet grown to adult seat belts. In such a situation, you must either buy a new car seat from the next age and weight group, or purchase a booster.
- The child refuses to sit in a child’s chair, arguing thatthat he is too old. But it is not yet mature enough for adult seat belts, so the adapter will be a worthy alternative.
- Small car. In some cars, a child seat is even difficult to install in the salon, while a seat without a back takes up very little space.
A booster for a child is needed in order to ensure an acceptable level of safety when transporting a small passenger. So you need to choose it carefully, taking into account the following recommendations:
- Exclude from the list of options any model cheaper than 1000 rubles. They are made either of foam, which will crumble in any emergency situation, or from poor-quality thin plastic, which will crack when struck. None of these options will ensure the safety of the child.
- Should choose a model with high armrests. They will allow you to more reliably fix the small passenger, in addition, the child will be more comfortable to hold when driving with sharp turns.
- The width of the armrests should be 30 cm or vary slightly within this figure. This is the most convenient width for children of different ages and build.
- It is better to buy products with a smooth lower part, as they do not damage the soft upholstery. For leather seats is better to buy a special lining.
- The product must necessarily have a European certificate of quality and safety.
- On examination, there should be no visible defects. This indicates a low quality product.
- Before buying, you should make sure that the car has the counterpart of the ISOFIX system, which will ensure a secure fit.
- The basis of the product must be tested for strength.
The price of a booster for a child varies depending on the manufacturer, product design and materials. On sale there are inexpensive models of foam or foam with a price tag below 500 rubles. It is not worth purchasing them, as their quality leaves much to be desired.
The average price for a booster of normal quality will vary from 3,000 to 5,500 rubles. In Russia today, the most common products of the following manufacturers: Brevi, CAM, Clec and Evenflo.
Installation in the car
Before you carry the child on the booster, the device must be installed in the car. Some models do not have a fixation at all - they are simply put in the back seat of the car, and the child will fidget with every strong jerk.
Some drivers come up with their own ways of fixing.But at the stage of purchase it is much easier to choose a model with ISOFIX clips - they will firmly fix the device and save it from inertial movement along with the car. It is much more reliable in emergency situations and more convenient for the child during normal driving.
What do motorists say about whether it is possible to transport a child in a booster? Most motorist parents agree that the car seat is more secure in terms of safety. But also the good booster also reliably fixes the child. Parents also note that from a certain age a booster becomes not just an alternative to a child seat, but the only possible option, as children protest against the restriction of their freedom in the already limited cabin space. However, they also do not recommend using a booster before the child turns 6-7 years old, since younger children, in their opinion, are not safe to transport in such a device.
But part of the parents is convinced that the booster is an unreliable device, and it serves only to “otmazatsya” from the fine. Their opinion is based on the fact that a child car seat has a higher level of protection, and it is strictly permitted to transport children in it according to the rules of traffic regulations.