Sit safe, child safe. - Isle of Man Government

Sit safe, child safe. - Isle of Man Government
Why can’t I use a rear-facing baby seat in a seat
protected by an active frontal air-bag?
Child restraints. Vehicle manufacturers advise against using
rear-facing child restraints with air bags because, in the event of
a crash, the air bag will hit the back of a child restraint, pushing
it up and back towards the rear of the vehicle and potentially
forcing a child out of the restraint. For this reason a rear-facing
baby seat MUST NOT be fitted into a seat protected by a frontal
air bag unless the air bag has been de-activated.
A child in a rear-facing baby seat could be badly hurt by a frontal
air-bag if it deployed.
How do I know if my child seat is correctly fitted?
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when fitting
your car seat and keep the instructions in your car. Make
sure that the child seats are tightly held in place. Make sure
others know how to fit them properly if they are taking your
children out with them.
When I buy a new child seat, how will I know if it will fit
my vehicle properly?
Try before you buy. Some retailers offer a service demonstrating
how to fit a child seat and will also check whether it fits.
Manufacturers’ web-sites may have advice.
Are there any exceptions to the law?
Apart from the persons exempted in the above tables,
certain other persons are exempted from wearing a seat belt,
for example –
• a driver performing a reversing manoeuvre or a qualified
driver supervising it
• an adult in a goods vehicle being used for collection or
delivery, provided that the journey does not exceed 50 metres
• an adult in a vehicle being used by the emergency services
• a taxi driver while working
• an adult in a vehicle being tested under a trade licence
• an adult driving or riding in an older passenger car not fitted
with seat belts
• Contact the Isle of Man Road Safety Unit and look out for
any fitting checks in your area.
• a child riding in a vehicle being used by the police or the
ambulance service.
Can I use a forward facing child seat or booster in a seat
fitted with an active air-bag?
Yes, but check what the car handbook says about children in seats
with frontal air-bags. We strongly recommend that advice should
be followed because air-bags are powerful safety devices that
must be treated with respect. Children, and adults for that matter,
should not sit close to an active frontal air-bag. We suggest that
the car seat should be as far back as possible from an air-bag.
THE LAW ON SEAT BELTS
This pamphlet is issued by the Department of Infrastructure as a
guide only. The definitive legal position on the wearing of seat
belts is set out in the Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts)
Regulations 2007 as read with section 25 (as amended) of the
Road Traffic Act 1985.
I’ll need to get a child seat/booster seat or cushion now.
How do I choose the right one and how much will that cost?
• There is a range of products and prices. Some shops
selling child seats have information on their websites,
including prices.
• Child seat types depend upon the weight of the child and if
you need help, most retailers of child restraints will have
trained staff that can help in choosing the right one.
• Most seats will fit most cars but the advice is to try before
you buy.
Revised March 2012
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• a person holding a prescribed medical certificate, (badge in
rear window of vehicle)
• Some retailers offer a service demonstrating how to fit a child
seat. Check your child seat is still fitted correctly every trip.
Please comply with the law and make sure to set a good
example during the school run.
Sit safe,
child safe
For more information call
the Road Safety Team
Tel: 686671
www.gov.im/infrastructure
Revised March 2012
Do the seatbelt rules apply in vans and larger
commercial vehicles?
Yes, to the extent indicated in the second table above.
Legislation was introduced in 2007 requiring children in cars to travel in the appropriate child restraint
until they reach either 135cm (4ft 5”) in height or 12 years of age.
Adult seatbelts are designed for people with an adult bone structure and therefore smaller or younger
children are not effectively protected using a seatbelt alone. The lap belt of an adult seatbelt needs to sit
as low as possible over a person’s stomach. If the belt sits too high in a crash there is the risk of damage
to a person’s internal organs as well as the chance that the child may slip under the seatbelt. Until
children reach either 135cm (4ft 5”) in height or 12 years of age they must use the correct child restraint
for their size and weight to ensure that they are in the right position.
Drivers are legally responsible for passengers in their cars who are under 14 years old. The following
guide will help ensure you stay within the law.
For buses, coaches, goods vehicles and minibuses.
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Driver
Seatbelt must be worn
Adult passenger i.e.
14 years or over
Seatbelt must be worn
Seatbelt must be worn
Passenger
Child under 4 years
Correct child restraint
must be worn (A rear
facing child restraint must
not be used in a seat
protected by a frontal
airbag unless the airbag
has been de-activated)
Correct child restraint must
be worn (A rear facing child
restraint must not be used in
a seat protected by a frontal
airbag unless the airbag has
been de-activated)
Driver
Child from 4th birthday
who is under the age of
12 years and under a
height of 1.35 metres
(4 ft 5 ins)
Correct child restraint must
be worn
(a) Correct child restraint must be
worn unless paragraph (b) applies
(b) If no correct child restraint
is available in the front or rear,
an adult seat belt may be worn
if the driver can prove that the
child, because of an unexpected
necessity, is being carried a
distance of 5 miles or less
Driver
Correct child restraint or adult
belt must be worn
Driver
Correct child restraint or
Child at or over 1.35
metres (4ft 5ins) or who adult belt must be worn
is aged 12 or 13 years
Child under the age of
3 years in a taxi
or private-hire car
Correct child restraint
must be worn (A rear
facing child restraint must
not be used in a seat
protected by a frontal
airbag unless the airbag
has been de-activated)
No seatbelt or child restraint
need be worn (A rear facing
child restraint must not be used
in a seat protected by a frontal
airbag unless the airbag has
been de-activated)
Driver
Child of 3 years or
more in a taxi or
private-hire car
(a) Correct child restraint
must be worn unless
paragraph (b) applies
(b) Instead of a child restraint,
an adult belt may be worn
by a child at or over 1.35
metres (4ft 5ins) or who is
aged 12 or 13 years
Either a correct child restraint
or an adult belt must be worn
Driver
Seatbelt must be worn
Seatbelt must be worn
Adult passenger in a
taxi or private-hire car
Passenger
* Seatbelts are required to be fitted to the front seats in cars first registered from 1st January
1965 and to the rear seats in cars first registered from 1st April 1987.
Driver
Seat belt must be worn if fitted
Adult passenger i.e.
14 years or over
Seat belt must be worn if an available
seat in the front or rear is fitted with a
seat belt
Seat belt must be worn if an available
seat in the front or rear is fitted with a
seat belt
Passenger
Child under 4 years
Correct child restraint must be worn in
coaches, goods vehicles and minibuses
(A rear facing child restraint must not
be used in a seat protected by a frontal
airbag unless the airbag has been
de-activated)
Correct child restraint must be worn
in goods vehicles and minibuses
(A rear facing child restraint must
not be used in a seat protected by a
frontal airbag unless the airbag has
been de-activated)
Driver
Child from 4th birthday
who is under the age of
12 years and under a
height of 1.35 metres
(4 ft 5 ins)
Correct child restraint must be worn in
coaches, goods vehicles and minibuses
(a) Correct child restraint must be
used in goods vehicles and minibuses
unless paragraph (b) applies
(b) If no correct child restraint is
available in the front or rear
(i) an adult seat belt must be worn
in minibuses
(ii) in light goods vehicles (up to
3500kg max design weight) an
adult seat belt may be worn only if
the driver can prove that the child,
because of an unexpected necessity,
is being carried 5 miles or less
Driver
Child at or over 1.35
metres (4ft 5ins) or who
is aged 12 or 13 years
Correct child restraint or adult belt
must be worn in coaches, goods
vehicles and minibuses
Correct child restraint or adult belt
must be worn in goods vehicles
and minibuses
Driver
Who is responsible
Driver
Who is responsible
Driver
For modern passenger cars*
Front Seat
Rear Seat
It is important to choose the correct restraint for the age and weight of the child.
Seat facing
Weight and age
Baby Seat (frontal
airbag must be
de-activated)
Rear-facing
For children up to 13kg
(approx from birth to 9-12
months)
Child seat
Forward-facing
For children 9kg to 18 kg
(approx 9 months to 4 years)
Booster seat
For children 15kg and up
(from approx 4 years)
Booster Cushion
For children from 22 kg
(from approx 6 years)
Typical examples
The penalty for contravening the in car safety legislation is a £40 fixed penalty notice, and if the case goes to court
the maximum fine is £500*.
* Correct at time of print
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