Have you been introduced to R129?
What you need to know about the newest car seat safety standard
The R129 car seat safety standard is designed to simplify the selection process and further protect our children, so there’s a few key considerations with R129 car seats to be aware of.
R129 is now considered the safest standard, with rigorous side impact testing for improved head and neck protection. It requires children to be reward facing for longer, until at least 15 months old. As parents and carers, the most significant change you’ll need to be aware of when it comes to selecting a car seat is that it’s based on your child’s height alone, which means it should be simpler to get the right seat to suit your child’s development stage.
How parents are feeling
To better support parents, Graco recently undertook research with Mother & Baby, First Time Mums and The Mum Club, talking to a wide range of parents about car seat safety standards and their experience of travelling by car with their children. What’s clear is that no one is in this alone.
Only a quarter of readers of Mother & Baby are confident they know what the different car seat safety standards mean, 81% of followers of First Time Mums admitted to feeling nervous taking the very first car journey with their baby, and not just that, 40% of them felt anxious.
Graco has proudly been keeping children safe in its car seats for over 60 years and now, to help parents and carers understand and easily remember the R129 standard, Graco has brought new meaning to the word safe.
S – Size of your child. R129 car seat compatibility is measured by the length, or height of the child.
A – Advanced Side Impact Protection. It is standard that all R129 car seats must have side impact testing. R129 car seats have improved reinforced frames to protect the child in the event of a collision.
F – Fitting formulas ensure the car seat fits your car.
E – Extended rearward facing until a minimum of 15 months old. At Graco, we recommend rearward travel till 4 years of age for the best protection to the child’s neck and spine.
R129 car seats
At Graco, child safety is the number one priority, and the brand carries out rigorous testing to ensure all its products meet and exceed the highest safety standards. That’s why they’re proud to have an extensive range of car seats tested to R129 standards.
Here’s two of Graco’s most popular R129 certified car seats – both offering extended rearward facing to four years of age:
Graco SlimFit™ R129 (main image at top of page)
Graco’s much-loved car seat is the only car seat you’ll ever need, suitable from 40 to145cm (birth to approx.12 years), built to adapt and grow with your child.
Graco Turn2Me™ i-Size R129
This parent-favourite 360º rotating car seat makes journeys effortless. Suitable from 40 to 105cm (birth to approx. 4 years), the one-hand spin means getting your little one in and out of the vehicle is easier than ever.
Graco is proud to be trusted by parents from that first journey home to years of school runs, exciting family days out and exploring the world together by car. When you can’t hold them, Graco will.
If you’re looking for an R129 certified car seat, then look no further than the expert. Visit gracobaby.eu/uk/car-seats to shop find out more.