Child Car Seat Rules

Car Seat Laws: What you Need to Know

When it comes to road travel, it’s important to stay as safe as possible and that means understanding car seat laws UK, 2019. There are many specifics details to know and follow, so here’s a breakdown of regulations to ensure you make the right purchase for your little ones.

General Information

  • According to UK law, all children must use a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm/4ft 5-inches tall – whatever comes first.
  • Only EU approved car seats can currently be used in the UK. Those approved in the US are not considered legal and you could be breaking the law if you use one.
  • The correct car seat will also conform to the United Nations standard, ECE Regulation 44/03 or EXE 44/04. This will be marked on the car seat label.
  • Car seats should be suitable for your child’s size, height and weight.
  • Car seats should be fitted according to the manufacturer’s instructions

Height and weight information

Knowing what car seats to buy for your child’s height and weight can seem like a minefield. There are so many makes and models on the market, so here’s some useful information to get you started.

In most shops you’ll see group 1,2,3 car seats. As well as group 0 and 0+.

Group 0 – These can be used from birth and are rear-facing baby seats. They’re ideal for babies up to 10kg (22lbs) with the 0+ seats ideal for babies up to 13kg (29lbs). iSize seats are based on height rather than weight and must be rear-facing until your baby is at least 15-months.

Group 1,2,3 – Many car seats are known as combination seats. They cover multiple groups and can be adjusted as the child grows older. Seats in groups 1, 2 and 3 are front facing with group 1 catering for children from about 9 months to 4 years old and groups 2 and 3 typically seating kids from 4-11. High backed booster seats or booster cushions are the most popular designs.

How to strap in your child seat

To fit a child seat correctly your car must have diagonal straps for safety. Another option is to make sure your car has ISOFIX mounts as this will allow you to fit the car seat directly into your vehicle without a seatbelt. If your little one is travelling in a rear-facing seat in the front next to you, be sure to also deactivate all front airbags for their safety.

Safe road travel is vital. So never take risks and always follow rules with regards to seatbelts to keep all children safe. If your child is old enough to wear just a seatbelt, make sure they “clunk click before every trip” and double check their seatbelts are secure before driving away.

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