Vehicle manufacturers do a lot to ensure passenger safety, but that does not mean that there is no room for improvement. The back of any vehicle can become a child-friendly zone with just a little time and effort. A compact crossover, such as the Nissan Qashqai, offers a lot of space on the inside, so you can easily arrange it to be safe and entertaining for a child.
Securing a Child Seat
Childproofing a vehicle always starts with installing a child car seat. Though Nissan Qashqai specific seats are not available, many universal ones fit nicely. The best option for a young baby is a rear-facing seat. Three can fit in the Qashqai's back seat, and parents only needing one should always it in the middle for safety reasons. As for booster seats, the available room cannot accommodate three. Two child booster seats can fit comfortably, with one on each side. A Nissan Qashqai Plus 2 has an additional row of boot seats, but that area does not suit young children. Front seat passengers do not have a clear field of vision in the boot area, and it is too far to reach.
Use all the child protections systems Nissan offers. Parents can disable electronics in the back and prevent children from unlocking the door or opening the window. In addition, the child door lock prevents children from opening it during the ride. Moreover, the Qashqai has seat belt sensors in the back, which detect weight on the seat and indicate when a seat belt is not fastened. Since the seat belt secures a child seat, this system can warn you of any issues.
Put Away Cleaning Products and Chemicals
Keep all cleaning products and chemicals away from the back seat. Keep leather cleaners, antifreeze fluid, sprinkler soap, and similar car fluids in the boot or cubby box. The same goes for cleaning items, such as window cleaners and rags. Furthermore, do not store anything under the front seats, as they may roll back. Though the car floor may seem out of reach of a child, one can never be too safe.
Keep Toys in the Car
Toys turn a car into a more child-friendly space. They can help keep a child calmer during the ride. In addition, avoid plush toys and other materials susceptible to mould in an environment with high humidity. Plastic toy animals and cars are a good option, but make sure that they do not pose a choking hazard. Toys in the vehicle also serve as a distraction, as they keep the child from playing with the car doors and windows.