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5 Common Car Seat Installation Mistakes

As a parent, it is important that you find a car seat which fits your child. However, the best or most expensive car seat won’t work to keep your child safe if it isn’t installed correctly

Simplifying the different types of car seats

A car seat is one of the safest to transport your bundle of joy is in a properly installed car seat. There are many different types of car seat brands and it will take considerable effort and time to research the seat best suited for your child and family.  

Car seats can be divided into categories based on the child’s age and weight.  If you are in the market for a car seat, take a look at the table below:

Type of Child Restraint Weight Range Approx. Age Range
Rearward-facing baby seat Group 0
0 – 10kg (22 lbs)
Birth to 6-9 months
Group 0+
0 – 13kg (29 lbs)
Birth to 12-15 months
i-size
Not based on weight, but check child’s height is within the range for the seat
Up to at least 15 months
Combination seat (Rearward and Forward-facing) Group 0+ and 1
0-18 kg (40 lbs)
Birth to 4 yrs
Group 0+, 1 & 2 (55 lbs)
Birth to 25 kg
Birth to 6 yrs
Forward-facing child seat Group 1
9-18 kg (20 – 40 lbs)
9 months to 4 yrs
Group 1, 2 and 3
9 – 36 kg (20 – 79 lbs)
1 to 11 yrs
High-backed Booster Seat Group 2
15 – 25 kg (33 – 55 lbs)
4 to 6 yrs
High-backed Booster Seat Group 2 and 3
15 – 36 kg (33 – 79 lbs)
4 to 11 yrs
Booster Cushion Group 2 and 3
15 – 36 kg (33 – 79 lbs)
4 to 11 yrs
Booster Cushion Group 3
22 – 36 kg (48 – 79 lbs)
6 to 11 yrs
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