Fitting the seat correctly - Waltham Forest Children&#39

Fitting the seat correctly - Waltham Forest Children&#39
Child Car Seat Assessment Checklist
To be undertaken in accordance with changes being made to the UK Baby Car
Seat Law commencing 1st March 2017.
See also: Child Car Seats: the law
 Backless booster cushions should only be bought for children who are both more
than 125cm (4ft 1in) tall, and weigh more than 22kg (3st 7lb).
 Only EU approved seats can be used in the UK – look out for the capital E in a
circle (please consult image below).
 Toddlers must travel in rear-facing car seats until they are at least 15 months old.
 Toddlers should be in baby carrier, as opposed to a child seat, until they weigh at
least 9kg.
 If your child has any disabilities, they may need a specially designed seat.
Fitting the seat correctly
You must deactivate any front-facing
airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby
seat
Make sure the seat itself is fitted as
securely as possible, with no excessive
movement
You must not use side-facing seats
Make sure the seat’s buckle is clear of its
frame – because otherwise it could snap
open if you have an accident
The seat must either have its own
With babies, harnesses should be pulled
diagonal strap, be designed for use with tight, with no more than two fingers’ space
a lap seat belt, or be fitted with ISOFIX
under the shoulder straps at the collarbone
anchor points
ISOFIX anchors the child’s chair to the car’s back seat. There are three ISOFIX
points – two metal bars at the base, and a top tether or support leg.
How do I fit a child car seat?
Make sure the seat itself is fitted as securely as possible, with no excessive movement.
Make sure the seat's buckle is clear of its frame - because otherwise it could snap open
if you have an accident.
With babies, harnesses should be pulled tight, with no more than two fingers' space
under the shoulder straps at the collar bone.
The harness buckle should be as low as possible, to keep the lap section of the harness
across your child's pelvis, and not resting on his or her stomach.
Check the harness and chest pads are adjusted according to the instructions.
When can children legally travel without a car seat?
In a taxi, minicab or van – but they can only travel in the back of the car, and should
not wear an adult seat belt if they’re less than three years old.
In a minibus or coach - again, young children shouldn’t travel in the front seat.
It’s fine for children of any age to travel without a seat belt in a coach, but in a minibus
they should wear an adult belt even if under three years old.
On unexpected journeys – but only if the journey is necessary, for a short distance,
and the child is over three years old.
If you have lots of children – and there isn’t room for a third car seat.
If this is the case, the third child can either travel in the front with a car seat or in the
back without one if over three years old.
*The new regulations come into force on 1
st
March 2017 – but they only apply to NEW models,
meaning parents/carers can legally continue to use backless booster seats they already own
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