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Child Seat Law

In the UK, it is a legal requirement for drivers to ensure that  all children under 135cm (4' 5") (or their 12th birthday, whichever comes first) are restrained by an appropriate child seat, booster seat with backrest or booster seat when traveling in vehicles.

Stephen Ladyman, Road Safety Minister said:

"Most people make sure that children use some kind of restraint when traveling on the road, but it is vitally important to use the right one; and not to use an adult belt before the child is big enough.

"Small children need the protection that baby seats and child seats are designed to provide. Seat belts are designed for adults. Children who have grown out of child seats still need to use booster seats and booster cushions.

"We estimate that these changes could prevent over 2000 child deaths or injuries each year."


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