At the moment we don’t provide recommendations because we are focusing our limited resources on introducing new features which will make finding a car seat even easier. Our mission is to empower consumers to make the most informed car seat choices possible. And to do that, we believe that making all car seat data easily accessible and presenting it in a user-friendly way, all in one place is key. However, we do have a couple of suggestion which you can find below in this blog post.
When you are considering your options, you should always look at car seat safety as the highest priority. The whole point of buying a car seat is to keep your child safe in the event of a car accident and you should want to know how a car seat performs in a front, rear and side impact crash. Car Seat Jungle focuses on analysing freely available data from independent car crash testing organisations such as the ADAC and Stiftung Warentest* in Germany, TCS in Switzerland, ÖAMTC in Austria and Which? in the UK*. These independent testing houses publish their crash testing results giving us a glimpse at the differences between seemingly similar car seats.
These testing organisations are extremely important because there is very little transparency with regards to car seat approval. We know how seats are tested from a regulatory perspective but we know very little who awards the safety certificates and how each car seat performed in these tests. This should be considered questionable given the fact that car seats are required by law, yet basic information is hard to find for the average consumer.
With the above in mind, the only suggestion we make is to rear-face your child for as long as possible. This is the safest way to travel for children. If you are concerned that older children are uncomfortable or are not able to look out the window, be assured that this has been proven incorrect by thousands of parents who rear-face their children up until they are 25kgs. You can find out more about rear-facing car seats in this article.
* Stiftung Warentest and Which? are subscription services and therefore we can’t share their data results. Instead we use resources that are available for free. For example on the Which? website ‘Don’t Buy’ lists and safety warnings are freely available which we include in our database.