Transporting children safely

SERIOUS DANGER: Never place cradle childs seats not facing the running direction SERIOUS DANGER: Never place cradle childs seats not facing the running direction

SERIOUS DANGER: Never place cradle childs seats not facing the running direction on the front seat of vehicles with passengers airbag, which during inflation could cause serious injury, even mortal. You are advised to carry children always on the rear seat, as this is the most protected position in the case of a crash.

In any case, child seats must absolutely not be fitted on the front seats of vehicles with passengers airbag, which during inflation could cause serious injury, even mortal, regardless of the seriousness of the crash that triggered it. Children may be placed on the front seat of vehicles fitted with passengers airbag deactivation. In this case, it is absolutely necessary to check the warning light Fon the instrument panel to make sure that deactivation has actually taken place (see paragraph FRONT AND SIDE AIRBAGS AT ITEM FRONT PASSENGER AIRBAG). The front passengers seat shall be adjusted in the most backward position to prevent any contact between childs seat and dashboard.

For optimal protection in the event of a crash, all passengers must be seated and wearing adequate restraint systems.

This is even more important for children.

This prescription is compulsory in all EC countries according to EC Directive 2003/20/EC.

Compared with adults, their head is proportionally larger and heavier than the rest of the body, while the muscles and bone structure are not completely developed. Therefore, correct restraint systems are necessary, other then adult seat belts.

The results of research on the best child restraint systems are contained in the European Standard ECE-R44.

This Standard enforces the use of restraint systems classified in five groups:

Group 0 0-10 kg in weight

Group 0+ 0-13 kg in weight

Group 1 weight 9-18 kg

Group 2 15-25 kg in weight

Group 3 22-36 kg in weight

The groups partially overlap. This is because there are systems which cover more than one weight group.

All restraint devices must bear the certification data, together with the control brand, on a solidly fixed label which must absolutely never be removed.

Over 1.50 m in height, from the point of view of restraint systems, children are considered as adults and wear the seat belts normally.

Lineaccessori Fiat offers seats for each weight group, which are the recommended choice, as they have been designed and experimented specifically for Fiat vehicles.

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