Adjustable car seats
Some manufacturers offer adjustable car seats that are designed to be adapted as a child grows. Ensure you use the appropriate setup for your child's weight by following the instructions or checking the label.
Integrated child-sized seats
Some vehicles are fitted with integrated child-sized seats. If the seat is EU-approved, you don't need an additional child restraint, providing the child is of the correct weight (check the label or car handbook for confirmation).
If the integrated seat is not EU-approved, you'll need to use a separate child seat. Gov.uk offers more information about the suitability of different types of car seats.
Impact shield technology car seats
One of the most recent safety innovations is impact shield technology, which is being put into an increasing number of car seats.
Impact shields, also known as safety cushions, are affixed to the front of your child's car seat. They function similarly to an airbag that has already been inflated and aids in dispersing collision forces across a wider area. This lessens the strain on vital body parts and helps protect your child in an accident.
When a rear-facing seat cannot be used, car seats with impact shield technology are especially great since they offer an additional layer of safety.