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Car seats essentials

One of the first and most important purchases you'll make for your new baby is a car seat. You'll need one before you can even leave hospital to take your new arrival home.

What is the law on car seats?

The use of car seats for babies and children is regulated by law.

  • The law states that you must use a car seat from birth until your child reaches 12 years of age, or 135cm in height, whichever comes first.

Correct fitting

Ensure your car seat is fitted correctly, or it will not be effective.

  • The seat should be fitted as tightly as possible to ensure there is no forward or sideways motion.
  • Take time to read the car seat instructions before fitting.
  • The law states that a rear-facing car seat must not be used in a seat with a front airbag, unless the airbag has been deactivated manually or automatically. In a crash, a rear-facing seat would be hit by a frontal airbag and could be knocked up towards the rear of the vehicle.
  • Check your car's handbook for advice about deactivating any airbags.
  • When the airbag is deactivated, move the car's seat as far back from the dashboard as possible.
  • When using a forward-facing child seat in a seat with a front airbag, make sure the seat is set as far back from the airbag as possible.
  • Many car seats use the ISOFIX system to secure them into place.

For more information on the law on car seats and government safety advice visit the government information website.

Further information and advice can also be found on the website of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Regulations

European regulations define different groups of seats, each of which is suitable for a range of weights. To help you choose, this guide explains the different groups in our range. All our car seats conform to United Nations Regulations ECE R44.

For babies and younger children their weight, not their age, is the crucial factor in determining which car seat is suitable. Your child needs a rear-facing baby seat until they weigh up to 9kg.

Our comprehensive range includes a variety of baby and toddler car seats, from many manufacturers, including BabyStart, Mamas and Papas, and Britax.

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