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Current UK law states that a child must be in an appropriate restraint until they are 12years old or 135cm, whichever comes first. Up until this point, their bodies are still developing and they are not big or strong enough to be sufficiently protected without a car seat or booster.

It’s easy to think that when children get to the age of 7 or 8 that they are mature enough to sit in the car like adults but most often they are too small.

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I-Size is the new buzz word in car seats but what does it mean and do you need to do anything? The myriad of technical details can be confusing, so we’re here to help decipher it all.

Currently all car seats are tested and legislated under a regulation called ECE R44. This is being superseded by the new i-Size (R129) regulation over a period of time. The transition period will be staggered so there’s no need to panic about changing your seat immediately.

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Up to 85%* of car seats are fitted incorrectly!

 A car seat is the only piece of equipment parents are legally required to purchase for their children, but buying the right seat is just the start. Sometimes fitting it is the biggest challenge and with so many different installation methods, it’s no surprise that errors occur.
The good news is that help is available. More store staff are being trained by specialists than ever, free car seat checks are available across the country and Diono has trained experts available to answer any questions.
To get you started, we’ve outlined some common issues which regularly occur.
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Is a multi-stage car seat right for you?

Whether you are purchasing an infant car seat, a multi-stage combination car seat or a booster seat for an older child, you are probably looking at the same basic criteria. Safety, comfort, quality, installation and height and weight limits. In accordance with current standards, children must remain in some form of safety seat until they are 8, 10, even 12 years old. Buying a multi-stage car seat rather than an infant carrier and Group 1/2 seat may be the most economical choice depending on your lifestyle and vehicle.

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Graduating from a 5-point harness to a high back booster is a big, and important, step. It is also one of those things that falls under the “just because your friends are doing it, doesn’t mean you should” banner of parenting.

Depending on the height and weight of your child, this transition could occur anywhere between 4 and 9 years of age. Group 2/3 booster seats are designed to elevate kids to the appropriate height to fit an adult seat belt while providing additional side impact protection and back support.

We believe all children should travel with their head in the clouds and their bottom firmly planted in a car seat. Wherever life takes you, your child will ride in style with Diono.

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We've been really impressed with the Radian 5 car seats.

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Fantastic, safe and comfortable. This has to be the best car seat we have ever owned.

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