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• Beware of second hand seats. They could have been
damaged and may not meet modern standards. The fitting
instructions may also be missing.
• Look for the official approval mark (the United Nations ‘E’
mark). The current UN standard is Regulation 44.03, or later
eg 44.04.
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• Try it for fit in the car – or cars – you will use it in.
• Choose the right seat for your child's weight. The packaging
label should help you.
Buying
Choosing and fitting
Use the right car seat for your child
Use the right car seat for your child
Fit it properly every time. It’s no good if you don’t.
Take time to get the child comfortably strapped in.
Make sure the adult seatbelt passes through all the
correct guides.
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Seating your child
Never fit a rear-facing seat with an active airbag in
front of it.
• Make sure the harness is correctly
adjusted – only one or two fingers
should fit between the child’s chest
and harness.
The adult seatbelt buckle should not be bent over
or rest on the child seat frame.
• If you are using a booster seat or cushion,
the adult seat belt should go from hip bone to
hip bone and rest on the child’s shoulder, not neck.
The child seat must be tight in the adult seat.
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• Never tuck the seat belt under the child’s arm or
behind their back. In a crash, the child could be
injured if you do this.
Never modify the seat or adult seatbelt to make it fit.
How to
fit a child’s
car seat
A pocket guide to buying and fitting a child’s car seat
Car Seat Groups – explained
Child’s weight and approximate age
Up to 13kgs (birth to 9-12 months
approx)
A rearward-facing seat which can be used in the
front or rear of the car. MUST NOT be used on a
passenger seat fitted with an active frontal airbag.
9-18kgs (9 months to 4 years approx)
A forward-facing seat which can be used in the
front or rear of the car. These sometimes have a
choice of upright and reclined positions.
15kgs and upwards to 36kgs (4 years
and upwards)
Fitting a child car seat
Children are still killed in car accidents
because they are not properly
restrained. You can best protect your
children by putting them in a properly
fitted child car seat which is appropriate
for their weight and size.
This leaflet is a guide to help you
make sure that your child is properly
protected every journey.
A forward-facing booster seat which can be used
in the front or rear of the car. The booster seat
lifts the child and positions the adult lap and
diagonal belt correctly.
Fitting
• The child seat must be tight in the adult seat. Push all your
weight into the child seat as you tighten the belt.
• Keep the fitting instructions in the car.
• Any doubts, ask a professional to show you how.
22-36kgs (6 and upwards)
A forward-facing booster cushion which can be
used in the front or rear of the car. The booster
lifts the child and positions the adult lap and
diagonal belt correctly.
Airbag
• Always check the car handbook for advice
whether children can use front seats.
This advice varies from car to car.
• Never fit a rear-facing child restraint in a
seat with an active airbag in front of it.
• Forward-facing restraints should be as
far back from the airbag as possible.
Note that car seats are now also manufactured to cover several
weight ranges. Check the packaging or label on the car seat.
Summary of the law
A useful guide to your responsibility as a driver
Front seat
Rear seat
Responsibility
Driver
Seat belt must be worn
if fitted
Child under 3 years
of age
Correct child restraint
must be used
Correct child restraint
must be used. If one is
not available in a taxi,
may travel unrestrained
Driver
Child 3 years to 135cms
in height (or 12th
birthday, whichever
they reach first)
Correct child restraint
must be used
Correct child restraint
must be used where
seat belts fitted. Must
use an adult seat belt if
correct child restraint
not available:
– in a taxi;
– for a short distance in
an unexpected
necessity;
– two occupied child
restraints prevent fitting
of a third.
Driver
Child 12 or 13, or over
135cms in height
Seat belt must be worn
if fitted
Seat belt must be worn
if fitted
Driver
Adult passengers
Seat belt must be worn
if fitted
Seat belt must be worn
if fitted
Passenger
Driver
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