Child car seat laws to come into force

Parents are being urged to ensure that they are familiar with the new child car seat laws which are due to come into force on September 18.

The new law will require drivers to ensure that all children under 135cms (around 4ft 5in) or aged 12, whichever they reach first, use an appropriate car restraint - such as car seats, high backed booster seats and booster cushions - when travelling in their vehicle.

Parents are urged to do the following:

  • Check the height of your child. Children up to 135cm in height (and under 12 years old) need to use a child seat, booster seat or booster cushion suitable for their weight

  • Before you buy or use any child restraint, check the label to make sure it is suitable for the child's weight

  • Check that any restraint is securely fitted. If your child travels in more than one vehicle, check the car seat or restraint fits each car so it can be moved between them each time they travel

  • Get expert advice. Many retailers have trained in-store experts who can advise on the best kind of car seat for a child and can demonstrate how to fit it

Road Safety Minister Stephen Ladyman said: "I would urge all parents to check that they are using appropriate child seats or booster seats. Using the right seat for the size of the child will give parents peace of mind and help to ensure that children are as safe as possible in the vehicle at all times.

"Most people do use some kind of child restraint but it is very important to use the right one for the size of the child and to take the time to fit it properly; and not to use an adult belt before the child is big enough."

Further advice is available from: www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk


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