car seat rental in Lisbon
Car seat rental in Portugal
Portuguese law establishes the obligation to use a car seat in private cars for all children from birth until reaching a height of 135 cm or age 12 years, whichever is reached first. Don't hesitate to travel light to Lisbon and rent a safe car seat for you child - you will be able to guarantee that you have the right car seat.
If you're going to rent a car seat, please be aware that you need to choose it according to your child's weight and/or according to your child's height - don't select it only according to your child's age. It's essential to consider the following factors to ensure the safety of the car seat you rent:
check for safety standards: make sure the car seat meets safety standards and regulations in Portugal. In the EU, car seats must adhere to specific safety standards (ECE R44/04 and ECE R129 / i-Size). Verify that the car seat has a label indicating it complies with these standards.
installation and propor use: car seats must be correctly installed to be effective; familiarize yourself with the installation instructions and understand how to use the car seat correctly.
sizing: ensure that the car seat is suitable for your child's age, height, and weight; using an inappropriate car seat size can compromise safety.
documentation: request and retain all documentation and labels that accompany the car seat, including the manual and safety instructions.
prioritize familiarity: if possible, choose a car seat that you are familiar with; this can make installation and proper usage easier.
About the safety standards and regulations in Portugal:
Like already mentioned, there are two European safety standards that apply to child car seats: ECE R129 and ECE R44. The primary difference between these standards lies in their approach to car seat classification and the requirements for child safety:
- ECE R129 focuses on the child's height (in cm).
- ECE R44 focuses on the child's weight (in kg).
- R129 is not categorized into groups, while R44 is categorized into groups 0, 0+,1,2,3.
And what about the i-Size? The easiest way to think of it is that i-Size is an enhancement of R129. I-Size focuses on ensuring that car seats fit safely into vehicles using ISOFIX anchor points.
- requires rearward-facing travel until at least 15 months
- includes stricter requirements for side-impact protection
- i-Size car seats are universally approved, meaning they are compatible with any i-Size-compatible vehicle.
ECE R44 - Groups
group 0+ car seats
newborn to 13 kg, rearward-facing
group 1 car seats
9 kg to 18 kg (reference: approx. from 12 months to 4 years old), rearward-facing or forward-facing (depends on the car seat model and its instructions)
group 2 car seats
15 kg to 25 kg, forward-facing (reference: approx. from 4 to 7 years old)
group 3 car seats
22 kg to 36 kg, forward-facing (reference: approx. from 7 to 12 years old and until 135cm)
minimum 135 cm and 12 years old
If you want to go deeper into security testing, check ADAC and Plus Test - ADAC is a German automotive organization recognized for carrying out independent tests on car seats in Europe and the Plus Test is a Swedish certification, carried out by VTI, which tests car seats installed facing backwards (group I and group II). ADAC tests side and frontal impact. The result that the car seat had in safety is the most important benchmark. The Plus Test tests the force subjected to the neck in a frontal impact.
Car seat rental in Lisbon
If you are looking for a car seat rental service in Lisbon, here at Let's go baby we offer some good options of car seats for you whether the baby is still a few months old, for a toddler or even for the elderly.
Check out car seat rental collection here. We deliver the car seats whenever you want, wherever you want: we are able to deliver the car seats at Lisbon airport, Lisbon city center and surroundings, Cascais, Sintra and other places. If you have any questions or doubts about the car seat rental service don't hesitate to contact us.
In the end of 2022 we decided to renew our car seat inventory and in February of 2023 we replaced some car seats with new ones*: our choices were based on the brand, testing certification and ADAC security tests. We also decided to purchase car seats with ISOFIX system for greater comfort for families.
We strongly recommend children to be kept in rear-facing car seats until they are four years old.
R129 car seats: from newborn to maximum 75 or 105 cm
- Joie i-Snug 2 with i-Base Advance* (installation with ISOFIX base) - max 75 cm
- Joie i-Snug 2* (installation with vehicle's seat belt) - max 75 m
- Joie i-Spin 360* (installation with ISOFIX system only) - max 105 cm
group 0+/1/2 car seats: from newborn to 25 kg (reference only: approx. 7 years old:)
- Graco Enhance* (installation with vehicle's seat belt)
- Joie Every Stage FX* (installation with vehicle's seat belt in group 0+/1 and ISOFIX system in group 1/2/3)
- Joie Traver* (installation with ISOFIX system or vehicle's seat belt)
- Chicco Quasar (uses the vehicle's seat belt)
And what about safety checks you should take into consideration when you install the car seat? Let's take a look:
- rear facing: harness straps sit shoulder level or slightly below
- forward facing;: harness straps sit shoulder level or slightly above
head rest location
- top of head rest is an inch or so above your child's head
- bottom of head rest is even with or just above child's shoulders
- use your thumb and index finger, to pinch harness belt below the harness pad
- if you can pinch extra harness webbing, pull harness tight
- check if you can pinch the harness again, if so, tightem until the straps are taught
seatbelts and isofix
- verify that the isofix indicator confirms a secure connection
- the isofix drop-down foot must be securely on the floor and/or top tether firmly attached
- the seatbelt must follow the correct route guides - the seatbelt buckle must not bend around the child car seat; only the seatbelt fabric should be in contact with the frame
- the seatbelt must be secure and untwisted
- the carseat must be sitting squarely on the seat of the car
- if applicable, the top tether must be in the right position
- for older kids, the seatbelt must be across their shoulder and hips (and not neck and tummy)