child car seats facts
Could Your Child Car Seats Save Your Child’s Life?
Child car seats under UK law require children under the age of 12 who are less than 4ft 6ins tall to travel in a suitably sized car safety seat for all road journeys. The specifics of the relevant legislation are also important to know for any motorist who regularly carry young children. For instance, child car seats must come with EU-certified approval (indicated by a capital E within a circle.) You are not allowed to fit a child car seat in any side-facing seats your vehicle may have. Also, it is your responsibility to ensure that any child car seats you install are fitted adequately as per the manufacturers’ instructions.
CHILD SEAT TYPES
The type of child car seat you need to buy is dependent upon the age and size of the child. Babies in the first year of their lives should be in rear-facing seats. They will move with the baby in the event of a crash and minimise the baby’s neck movement. Also, they should remain rear-facing until they are 13kg in weight. Once a baby outgrows a rear-facing seat, they can be placed in a forward-facing seat with a harness, and latterly a booster seat. The child is eventually able to advance to a regular seatbelt when it can fit naturally on him/her.
There are certain considerations you need to take into account when purchasing a child car seat. This includes never to buy one that’s second hand. This is because the seat could have been subjected to wear and tear. That might no longer comply with updated safety regulations and the instruction manual pertaining to its installation could be missing.
You can find out more about the importance of choosing the right type of child car seat for your children in the infographic below kindly supplied from Woodstock Motors. (http://www.woodstockmotors.co.uk/repairs.html)
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