THE THING YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BUYING A CAR SEAT IN MALAYSIA.
Why is the car seat important? Not only to fulfill the regulations set by the government but also to protect your baby for a secure and safety journey. Before you purchase a car seat, there are some factors you need to be taken into consideration:
The car seat must comply with the law and regulation set by the government, which the car seat must conform to the United Nations (UN) Regulation No. 44(ECE R44/04) and Regulation No. 129 (ECE R129) because these are the only type of qualification approved to be used in Malaysia.
Picture above shows the example of a label of UN regulations on the qualified car sears in which:
|Kategori produk mengikut berat atau tinggi||Product category according to height or weight|
|Nombor kelulusan yang diberi||Approval number|
|Peraturan UN R44 atau R129||UN regulation R44 or R129|
|Negara yang meluluskan Peraturan UN||UN regulation country of origin|
Choosing a Car Seat
The selection of a car seat should be depending on the height and weight of your child. Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) had classified the car seat into 4 categories:
|Category||Height/Weight||Estimated Age||Type of Seat|
|Group 0/0+||- Weight below 9kg
- Recommended for weight below 13kg
- Height below 83cm
|0-18 months||Rear facing infant car seat|
|Group 1||- Weight between 9 and18 kg
- Minimum height 71cm
|15 months to 4 years||Forward facing infant seat|
|Group 2||- Weight between 15 and 25kg
- Minimum height 100cm
|4 to 7 years||Child booster seat with five-point harness|
|Group 3||- Weight between 25 and 36kg
- Height up to 135cm
|6 years and older||Child booster seat|
The infants and children under 1-year-old should be using rear-facing seats. Followed by the toddler booster seat with five-point harnesses and then a regular booster seat that needs to use the vehicle's own seat belt.
Kindly reminded that parents should not install a rear-facing car seat in the front passenger seat if the vehicle has an airbag system.