What you need to know before buying a new child seat

The test results of well-known, independent organizations like ADAC or Stiftung Warentest give you a first, good impression. The lure to purchase a cheaper model from a unknown manufacturer may be great at first. However, the statutory minimum requirements for an approval in Germany are significantly lower than the technically more advanced testing procedures of the independent institutes. Cheaper seats often show shortcomings in terms of safety and handling. The proof is in the latest testing from ADAC, where they took a closer look at 10 child seats under 70 Euros; the results speak for themselves.

If you have chosen a child seat model, we strongly recommend getting detailed advice from a specialised dealer. You should take the time to visit the retailer with your child and your car for a test installation. Be sure you are shown how to operate and install the seat in your vehicle.

Here is a quick checklist:

  • Which ECE group is the right one (child's weight, height, age)?
  • Find the right child seat in that ECE group.
  • Check the approval for your car in case you chose a seat with ISOFIX or SEATFIX.
  • Test compatibility and installation at an authorized RECARO retailer
  • Buy, install, ready to go.

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