Car Seat Laws

Car Seat Laws

 

The World Of Babies is presenting this guide on Child Car Seat Law UK and these came into effect in September of 2006 and should now be commen practice. The main changes in the Law On Car Seats is in relation to children under 1.35 metres or under the age of 12. These children must now use a booster seat if they can no longer fit into their car seat. There are many different types of car seats such as Forward Facing Car Seat and Rear Facing Car Seat and knowing which you can use and where is important.
 
Child up to three years
 
The correct child restraint for their weight must be used in the rear seat of all cars, vans and goods vehicles. The child may be in the front of a passenger vehicle as long as they are in the correct restraint for their weight. Children may not under any circumstances travel in cars, vans or goods vehicles that do not have seat belts installed.
 
Child over 3 years
 
This applies to children between their 3rd birthday and their 12th birthday, or until they reach 1.35m in height - whichever comes first. Children may travel in the front seat only if there is the correct child restraint fitted for the child's weight. Where seat belts are fitted, the correct child restraint for the child's weight must be used in the rear seat.
 
Children may travel in a taxi or private hire vehicle using an adult seat belt if they do not have a suitable child seat with them.
 
A child may use an adult belt in the rear seat if there are already two occupied child restraints in the vehicle preventing the fitting of a third.
 
For short and unexpected necessary journeys (such as in a friend's car) a child may travel using an adult seat belt in the rear seat only.
 
Child over 1.35 metres (or over 12 years old)
This also applies to adults.
The child may sit in the front or back of the vehicle but must wear a seat belt (if available).
 
Further Rules
 
Rear facing car seat must not be used in a seat protected by frontal air-bag unless the air-bag has been deactivated, many cars are unable to peform this function.
 
For further Information on Car Seat Law visit Childcarseats.org.uk.
 
 

Which Car Seat?

Stage     

Group   

Age

Weight

Applies To

Which Car Seat

Further Information

Stage 1

Group 0 car seat

6 – 9 months

Up to 22lbs (10kgs)

Infants

Baby car seats

They can be used in the front or rear of the car. But it is better to put them in the back

Stage 1

Group 0+

Up to 15 months

Up to 29lbs (13kgs)

Infants -Toddlers

Baby Car Seats and Combination Car Seats

They can be used in the front or rear of the car. But it is better to put them in the rear.  

Stage 2

Group 1 Car Seat

9 months to 4 years

20 – 40 lbs (9-18kgs)

Toddlers -pre-school

Forward Facing Car Seat and, Combination Car Seats

Best to have children in this type of car seat system until they have outgrown it or are exceeding the maximum weight.

Stage 3

Group 2 Car Seat

 ~ 4 to 6 years

33 – 55 lbs ( 15 – 25kgs)

Pre-school and School

Forward Facing Car Seat  and Car Booster Seats 

The seat belt needs to be correctly adjusted on this type of car seat, as the main car seat belt is used

Stage 4

Group 3 Car Seat

 ~ 6 – 11 years

48 – 79 lbs ( 22 – 36 Kgs)

School

Car Booster Seats and Booster cushions

So the seat belt needs to be correctly adjusted on this type of car seat, as the main car seat belt is used

 

 

 The Law on using child car seats

 

 

Choosing and fitting a rear facing child car seat

 
 
 
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