First time parents may be both the most focused and baffled group of people. While setting up the perfect environment for a child usually is a top priority, it can be quite the minefield to navigate in, especially when it comes to safety.
In 2020 the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) announced that Malaysia has adopted the United Nations R44 or R129 Standards for child car seats, formally known as Child Restraint Systems (CRS). This adoption came after alarming study findings of 1,559 recorded deaths of children aged under 10 from 2007 to 20171 resulting directly from the non-enforcement of child car seats. The good news is that these deaths are preventable. According to a World health Organization study2, CRS reduces the risk of a fatal crash by 70% for infants, and 54-80% for young infants. Since the adoption, it has become Malaysian law for newborn children to be in approved child seats until they reach 13kg in weight.
As parents may ask, is my child in the right car seat? Which one should I buy? These are questions that many parents struggle to answer. Getting the right car seat for your child isn’t hard as it seems, but we will discuss how you can choose the best type for your baby or your child according to their age and weight, as explained in the MIROS Child Restraint System Guidelines in Malaysia.
Group 0: Rear facing child safety seat
Recommended height and weight: Up to at least 9kg / 83cm
Estimated Age Group: 0 – 18 months
The rear facing car seat will be the first car seat you buy. They are smaller and lighter than the car and easily identifiable by the carrying handle. Plush padding or air pads in the head area will be a key component, as it adds comfort as well as provide added protection. As you may be carrying your baby in the infant car seat when you leave the car, look out for the ISOFIX symbol. This is international standard system that allows you to fit the seat directly into a vehicle without using a seat belt, providing a quick, easy and safe way of installing a child's chair.
We recommend: BMW baby seat group 0+
Group 1: Front facing child safety seat
Recommended height and weight: 9 – 18kg / 71cm and above
Estimated Age Group: 15 months – 4 years
When your child outgrows the rear-facing seat, its time to upgrade to the next group. Your child will be inducted into the front facing fraternity as their back and neck muscles develop, and they are able to sit up straight. As usual, look out for adequate air padding in the head area for protection, as well as washable material. Some guidelines also recommend for a rear facing setup, so look out for seat that can accommodate for both front and back facing setups to give you that flexibility.
We recommend: BMW Junior Seat Group 1
Group 2: Front facing child safety seat
Recommended height and weight: 15-25kg / 100cm and above
Estimated Age Group: 4 – 7 years
As your child grows, you will be needing a CRS that grows with them. A convertible car seat provides height and width adjustment with height scale, means that the seat “grows” in tandem with the child.
We recommend: BMW Junior Seat Group 2/3
Group 3: Front facing child safety seat / Booster seat
Recommended height and weight: 22-36kg / Up to 135cm
Estimated Age Group: 6 -12 years
At this age your child will be rather active, and should be at the right age and weight to allow to use the car’s seat belt instead of a harness to sit. Booster chairs are a good solution for comfort that does not compromise safety. You may also be using a convertible seat from the previous group, so it is important to adjust the height and width to match your child’s weight and size accordingly.
We recommend: BMW Junior Seat Group 2/3
For a live demo of BMW child seats, visit the Quill Automobiles showroom at Ground Floor, Quill 9, 112, Jalan Professor Khoo Kay Kim, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
For more information on in-car child safety visit miros.gov.my
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