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Choosing a car seat for your child

Over the years you will replace you child car seat many times due to them growing. The best way to protect your children when traveling in a car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and ensure you’re using it correctly.

There are so many types and models available, how do you know which one is right for your child?

Children must normally use the correct car seat until they reach 135 centimetres tall or age 12, but there are exceptions to this rule. The type of car seat your child will need all depends on their weight.

Never ever carry a child on your lap in a vehicle or use a single seat belt for 2 passengers, whatever their age maybe.

Only EU-approved baby seats, child car seats or booster cushions can be used in the United Kingdom. If they are EU approved they will have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle. If given or you have purchased a second hand child seats or booster, you must ensure they still meet current safety standards and always check them thoroughly before accepting and if possible make sure they haven’t been involved in a crash.

More information on the subject can be found by visiting www.childcarseats.org.uk