Reviews prepared on the basis of the test results of the All-German Automobile Club will help you to choose the best option.
The car seat is the most effective means of protecting young passengers. Reviews prepared on the basis of the test results of the German Automobile Club (ADAC) - the largest in Europe - will help you to choose the best option. This issue is about armchairs for children weighing up to 18 kg.
The table shows child seats for groups 0+, 0-1 and 1 tested in 2007-2009. The so-called cradles (group 0, up to 10 kg) were not included in the review - their assortment is rather scarce, and they are not popular with us. By the way, the choice of universal seats from the 0-1 category is also not rich. On the one hand, having bought such a chair, you will be relieved of headaches for several years. On the other hand, these models are usually bulky and heavy, and therefore inconvenient to use. And in safety they are inferior to samples strictly assigned to certain groups.
If financial possibilities permit, it is better to opt for armchairs with Isofix fastening (metal locks of the chair are fixed on the body brackets). This is convenient, especially for seats of group 0+, which are often pulled out of the car and used as a carrier. Typically, these seats have better safety performance compared to those that are secured with straps, which leave the chair a little freedom of movement upon impact.
Manufacturers take into account the remarks that arose during testing and make design changes. A couple of examples: the Emmaljunga First Class 0+ Base and IWH Babymax Isofix seats received very low ratings for safety due to the unreliable fastening of the base under the Isofix. According to the developers, the shortcomings were eliminated (in February and April 2009, respectively) - and the losers are waiting for revenge. By the way, fastened with standard three-point belts, these chairs showed much better results - "good" and "satisfactory".