Keep Your Child Safe With The Best Car Seats For Sports Cars
by Joybeth Sullivan
Updated on July 15, 2020. In Car Accessories And Electronics
Being a parent does not mean you have to stop being cool. And, no, you don’t need to abandon your beloved sports car either! With that, it can feel impossible to find a car seat that both fits your car and provides the necessary safety for your child. Yes, sports cars are small, but with the right compact car seat and proper installation, you will be set. So, we’ve scoured the web to find the best sports car car seats that will keep you and your child cruising SAFELY in style.
There are numerous options for compact car seats to fit your specific needs. Along with that, many of the compact car seats are also convertible car seats — providing adjustability and a solution that fits the small space in a sports car. And once you buy a convertible car seat, you will be able to use it from the time your child is a newborn to their toddler days.
What To Look For In A Child Car Seat For Your Sports Car:
When purchasing a car seat to fit your sports car, you should ask yourself the following questions: Will it fit my car? Is it safety tested and approved? What are the dimensions? What features do I need? Is it easy to install? How often will I use it? What is my budget?
We will answer those questions throughout our list of the best sports car car seats and in our FAQ at the end. In this article, you will find the best car seats for sports cars that are currently on the market. We highlight the unique features of each car seat that will help you pick the perfect one.
Here at AutoWise, we’ve compiled an article outlining everything you need to know about sports cars in general. If you are currently in the market for a new sports car, check out our list of 6 Of The Best Sports Cars and the Top 4 Door Sports Cars You Can Buy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I look for in a car seat?
First, in order to find a car seat that will fit your sports car, you need to make sure it has the proper dimensions to fit in your car. You will also want to check the seat’s height and weight limits to make sure it is the right fit for your child. You can find this information on the specs for the product.
Also, be sure to take a look at the safety ratings. All car seats must meet the U.S. Safety Standards. Regardless, verify that the seat you purchase is safety tested and approved.
There are different types of car seats: rear-facing, forward-facing, and booster seats. A convertible car seat can be converted to all of those.
Pay attention to the additional feature of the car seat and see if it aligns with what you want. All car seats have specific features that they are required to have by law, but there are also additional features you may find useful. For example, some car seats have detachable cup holders.
Take into account how often you will use the car seat and how easy it is to install. If you will be taking it in and out of your car often, you’ll want the installation to be simple.
Are there car seats specifically meant for sports cars?
There are no car seats specifically marketed towards sports cars, but many car seats are constructed to fit in smaller cars. The ones on our list are all able to fit in smaller cars without sacrificing an ounce of safety or quality.
What side is safer for a car seat?
The safest place to put a car seat is in the back seat. The reason is that it is away from airbags. If possible, install the car seat in the middle seat of the back row. If your car does not have a back seat, be sure to deactivate the front airbags.
How do I turn off my air bags if the car seat goes in the passenger seat?
On newer cars, there is a switch (usually marked Passenger Airbag Cut Off Switch) in the car to easily turn on and off the airbags. Typically, the switch is located around the passenger side of the dashboard. Every car is different, so you will need to refer your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
If you own a sports car with only two front seats, it is vital for your child’s safety that the airbags are turned off. And, it is illegal to use a rear-facing car seat in a passenger seat protected by an airbag.
In older cars, however, it may not be possible to turn the airbags off. Luckily, there are products you can get to disable the airbags externally. To get an airbag retrofit on-off switch installed in your car, you will need to take the car to the vehicle manufacturer or to a repair shop.
Are all compact car seats also convertible car seats?
For the most part, yes. Convertible car seats are also typically smaller and more lightweight. If a car seat is big and bulky, it likely won’t fit into your small sports car.
Should I get my car seat professionally installed?
The safety of a car seat depends on proper installation. With that, of course, you want peace of mind that you’ve done it right. Look for a child passenger safety (CPS) technician in your area. They can check to make sure you installed the car seat correctly and teach you how to install it in the future.
In the past, you could go to any fire department and they would install your car seat. That is not the case anymore, so instead look for a CPS technician near you.
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