Car seats for children
Child car seats are vitally important; they’re specially designed to give babies and children the protection they need to help reduce the risk of serious injury.
Children need their own specially designed child car seat to keep them safe in a crash because their bodies are not simply smaller versions of adult bodies. As babies’ and childrens bodies are in the early stages of development, they need protection based on specific physical traits
The law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions.
It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law.
The law is different for buses, coaches and minibuses with seat belts fitted.