The Skoda Karoq makes an excellent family vehicle with its stellar safety credentials and go anywhere attitude. However, like any car, it will need child seats fitting in it to protect your younger occupants in the event of a collision. This is good from a safety point of view, and it’s a legal requirement in our state. When many new parents encounter a child seat for the first time, it’s not unusual to see some scratching of heads. Installing a child seat can be tricky if you’ve never done it before, so here are four tips to help you to work through the process.
- Take the Installation Seriously
A child seat is a proven way to protect your child from more extensive injuries and whiplash in the event of a collision. However, even if you have the best product on the market, it will be utterly useless if it isn’t installed correctly. So, this process needs to be approached in a serious manner, and if you cannot work it out, it’s a good idea to get a professional to do it for you.
- Seating the Child Seat
You cannot seat two or more child seats on a single child restraint fixing point. The seatbelt has to be threaded through the patch indicated, and this should be colour coded to make things easier on a newer car. All front or rear facing child seats and any accompanying booster seats should be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Checking the Child Seat
Even if you’ve closely followed all the instructions, it’s vitally important to check that the child seat is secure before a child is placed in it and you drive off in your Skoda Karoq. There should be no slackness in the system, and the harness should be checked to make sure that it straps around the child. The harness must be anchored to the vehicle, and the top tether should be used for any rear facing child restraints.
- Always Buy a New Child Seat
When you have a child, it’s always tempting to save money by buying or using stuff bought second hand or donated by friends and family. This is one of the nicer parts of having a new child because people want to pitch in and help to save you money. However, you should never use a child seat if you don’t know the history. A child seat that has been in a collision previously may not be as safe for your child on the road. Obviously, if you have a child seat that you bought new and you know it’s never been in a road accident it should be fine to use with a newer arrival. If you’re in any doubt about wear or tear or it’s effectiveness in the event of a crash, get a new child seat.
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