It can be a little confusing knowing which car seat to buy for your child with so many out there on the market. You want to make sure you get it right after all, your child’s safety is your number one priority! We are going to outline the basic laws and the most important things you need to know when buying a car seat.
UK child seat laws
A child car seat or booster seat is a legal requirement for all children under 12 years old or 125cm, whichever comes first. When buying a car seat it is important that you check that the label and make sure you see a capital E in a circle, this means that it is in line with EU standards and is legal to use. Ideally you need to fit the seat in the back of the vehicle but if you need to fit the seat into the front passenger seat then it is important that you switch off the passenger seat airbag, as this can cause more injury in the event of an accident.
Child Seat Standards
The current law gives parents two options when choosing a car seat for their child. The newer standard is the i-Size standard and the older ECE R 44/04 standard. Children under 15 months must be placed in a rear-facing car seat. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure you find the right seat and adjust the size to accommodate your child.Child’s weight
Car seat type
- 0kg-25kg – Rear-facing baby seat or rear-facing baby seat using a harness
- 9kg-18kg – Rear or forward-facing baby seat
- 15kg-36kg – Forward-facing child seat (high-backed booster seat)
- Over 22kg – Booster cushion Make sure you do some research into the child car seat laws before you head to the shops to buy one.