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
|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:
|Type of Seat
|- Weight below 9kg
- Recommended for weight below 13kg
- Height below 83cm
|Rear facing infant car seat
|- Weight between 9 and18 kg
- Minimum height 71cm
|15 months to 4 years
|Forward facing infant seat
|- Weight between 15 and 25kg
- Minimum height 100cm
|4 to 7 years
|Child booster seat with five-point harness
|- 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.