Isofix child seat mounts are found in newer cars so check if yours has one before you buy a child seat. What they do is make fitting a seat much simpler and if you have several cars that you move a seat between, having Isofix mountings makes moving it a matter of a few clicks rather than the usual wrestling with car seat belts and other methods of fitting. The Isofix fittings are points on the car which click and lock with a similar point on the seat and there is also sometimes a strap at the top of the seat which can be threaded through a loop either on the floor of the boot or in the roof, which acts as an extra brace and stops the seat from swivelling. Although all Isofix child seats should fit Isofix fitments in, it is still a good idea to check it out before buying, because there is occasionally slight variation and the seats do tend to be in the upper price bracket so it is important to get it right. Isofix points are safer on the whole because the seat is fitted directly onto points of the cars bodywork, rather than relying on seat belts.
A properly fitted child seat is essential
It is illegal to transport a child in a car without a proper car seat appropriate to their age and no one would really every consider doing such a thing. What is found all too often though is that the seat, though fitted, is incorrectly placed or restrained. If in doubt about fitting a child seat, ask the retailer – many providers of car seats have a fitting service with no charge and it is very sensible to take advantage of this as it can help avoid a tragedy.
AAH is here for everyone
Sadly, not everyone hurt in an accident is an adult – children can be seriously injured too. Their parent or guardian can bring a claim on their behalf and this can help a lot, especially if they need to have any special treatment or equipment to help with mobility, either in the short or long-term. Accident Advice Helpline, with experience, will be able to progress the claim as soon as possible and with no money to find upfront, thanks to their no win, no fee* promise, it won’t cost you a penny.