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Child seat safety

Keeping children safe when travelling by car is something that we can sometimes take for granted - but sadly children are still being killed and injured in collisions because they are not properly restrained. As well as a lack of a child safety seat, an incorrectly fitted or inappropriately used one is just as dangerous as it could be totally ineffective in the event of a collision.

Child safety seats

Since September 2006, it has been the law that all children must be restrained properly according to their age and height when travelling by car.

In order to comply with the changes to the law, a properly fitted child seat which is suitable for a child's weight and size must be fitted. There are a number of ways of ensuring that you choose the best car seat for your child:

  • ensure that it meets the current safety standards - it should carry the 'E' mark with an approval number starting with '03'
  • before buying a seat, try it in your car to ensure that it can be fitted properly and that it is appropriate for your child's weight and height
  • ask the seller to demonstrate how to use it

Child seats come in a wide variety including baby seats, child seats, booster seats and booster cushions.
You can find a wealth of additional information about how to choose the correct car seat at the following websites: