Child car seats

We can offer you advice on child car seats including special needs and rear facing car seats. Our fitting service is by appointment and if your child is under the care of health professionals, it is recommended that they should also attend the appointment.

We can arrange training on the selection and correct use of in-car safety equipment for groups involved in child care, particularly midwifery staff, health visitors and transportation teams. Contact us for more information.

Child car seats and the law

In almost all cases, every child up to 135cms (4ft 5ins) or the age of 12 (whichever is reached first) must use a child restraint and drivers may not carry children as passengers just in seat belts.

Three exceptions allow these children to travel in the rear and use an adult belt:

  • In a taxi, if the right child restraint is not available
  • For a short distance in an unexpected necessity, if the right child restraint is not available
  • Where two occupied child seats in the rear prevent the fitting of a third child seat.

Children under 3 years MUST use the child restraint appropriate for their weight in any vehicle (including vans and other goods vehicles). There is only one exception:

  • A child under three may travel unrestrained in the rear of a taxi if the right child restraint is not available.

Rear-facing baby seats MUST NOT be used in a seat protected by a front air-bag - unless the air-bag has been deactivated manually or automatically.

If you break these laws it may result in a fixed penalty notice.


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