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New survey reveals confusion surrounding child car seats

18 July, 2018

New research from the RAC has revealed that the majority of parent drivers are unaware of the rules concerning child car seats and may inadvertently be breaking the law.

The survey, of more than 1,000 UK parents with children aged under 10, revealed 84% were not aware of the legal height a child had to be to ride in a vehicle without a car seat, and 79.1% were unable to answer correctly how many different car seat groups there were.

The news comes almost a year after new regulations were introduced which meant a number of backless booster seats were no longer considered fit for purpose for younger children.

So what do you need to know when buying a car seat for your little one?

There are two ways which you can decide to choose your child’s car seat. This is based on either their height or weight.

Height-based child seats are called i-Size seats.
Weight-based child seats offer a range of options: 0kg to 9kg or 13kg, 9kg to 18kg, and 15kg to 36kg.

There are also a few top tips to follow which help make sure your child is secure as possible.

Children must use a rear-facing seat until the they are 15 months old.
Never fit a rear-facing child seat in the front if there is an active airbag on the passenger side of the car.
Children of 12 years old or taller than 135cm do not need to use a child seat, but have to legally, before then.

To ensure you are buying the correct chair for your child, the RAC has created a child seat calculator which calculates the type of seat that is best for your child. You can take a look at the calculator here – https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/road-safety/car-seat-laws/

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