Here I to talk about the changes to the child seat belt law.
Here are some changes to the child seat belt Law, children must usually use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.
Height-based seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old. Your child can use a forward-facing child car seat when they’re over 15 months old.
You must check the seat to make sure it’s suitable for the height of your child. Only EU-approved height-based child car seats should be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘R129’.
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The seat your child can use (and the way they must be sitting in it) depends on their weight. Only EU-approved weight-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’.
Here is a video showing why the new seats are now safer
Fitting a child car seat
You must only use a child car seat if your vehicle’s seat belt has a diagonal strap unless the seat is either:
- specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt
- fitted using ISOFIX anchor points
You must also:
- deactivate any front airbags before installing a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat
- not fit a child car seat in side-facing seats
Here is a video I have found that explains the new car seat rules. I hope you find it useful
I appreciate this is a lot to take in; please take time to view and consider if you need to make changes