Children’s Car Seats: What You Need To Know

*This is a collaborative post.

As parents and caregivers, we all want to keep our children safe. Back in 2006, it was written in law to use the appropriate car seat for your child. I’m shocked it was only 10 years ago, to be honest, as I remember using booster seats when I was young. I had no idea they were for safety – I used to think that they were so that I could see more out of the window! But there are there for a reason, and that’s just in case there is a car accident. They are there for our safety. So the only thing that people need to care about is getting the right car accident lawyer if needed. If you are looking for a car lawyer, then why don’t you take a look at someone like this Bridgeport car accident lawyer, however, you’ll obviously want to get one that is closer to you if this is too far. Nonetheless, it should give you an idea of the type of car lawyer that you need.

What’s Hear’Say?

If you aren’t sure what is appropriate for your child, it is essentially based on the height and age. You must provide an appropriate car seat for your child until they reach 135cm in height, or they turn 12 years of age; whichever of these circumstances naturally occurs first. After this point, they must use an adult seat belt.

There has been plenty of talk recently in the media about ‘banning’ the use of backless booster seats, or booster cushions as they are also known. There has also been reports made that your child should remain in a rear-facing seat until they are 3 years old. Both of these options are not requirements by law. There is so much research going on by the safety experts; it is this that is being reported on, not that the laws have changed. Another important point to touch on, I was wondering how a car seat would affect my insurance so I checked for new quotes on Money Expert. I was surprised with how much money I could save!

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What Does The Law Say?

For children up to 3 years old, like Q, the law says that all children under the age of 3 must travel in either a rearward or forward facing car seat, which is properly fitted. Your child should be strapped into the car seat with a 5-point harness or impact shield. It’s illegal to use a rear-facing seat in the passenger seat of a car where an airbag is active. The airbag must be deactivated.

The only exception is that a child under 3 can travel without a car seat or seat belt in a taxi or licensed minicab, however they must be sat in the back.

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For children between 3 and 12 years old (or 135cm in height), like O, then the appropriate car seat must be used. There are many more exceptions here too; for example, a car seat doesn’t have to be used in a taxi or licensed minicab, a minibus or if there is not enough room to fit three child seats across the back seat of your car. However, it is not recommended that this is a permanent arrangement.

Which Car Seat Should I Use?

There are so many products out there, it’s really about finding the best one for you and your needs. Make sure you choose the correct ‘stage’ car seat for your child, and reading reviews are a great place to start. Here’s a couple of examples… Lauren over at Belle du Brighton has reviewed a Joie Steadi rear-facing car seat and Laura at Wafflemama has reviewed the Kiddy Guardianfix Pro 2 Car Seat.

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