Car Seat Safety Tips

Car seat safety tips for peace of mind

Your children matter to you so much so it is important to make sure you are aware of the law and car seat safety tips. Take proper care and you won’t need the general accident contact number when things go wrong.

Since 1983 it has been compulsory to wear a seat belt when travelling in the front or rear seat of a car. It is also compulsory for children under the age of 12 or less than 135 cms tall to use an approved child safety seat.

Car Seat Safety Tips

Seats are split into categories based upon either the height of the child (R or weight of the child. it is very important to make sure the seat is correct for your child.

Seats can only be fitted where there is a diagonal belt or in some more modern cars use the ISOFIX system which secures the child seat to the seat frame.

This is not only a matter of complying with the law this is the safety of your beloved child whilst travelling in your car however long the journey.

Always consult the staff in the retailer where you intend to buy your car seat. They should be able to recommend the most suitable seat for your child. They should also be able to demonstrate how to correctly fit the seat into your car. If they can’t do this or seem unsure of what they are doing buy your seat elsewhere!

Lastly do not risk your child’s life by purchasing second hand. You have no knowledge of the history of the car seat and whether it has ever been involved in an accident. Seats should always be replaced following an accident – your insurers will allow for this in their claim.

What are your car seat safety tips?

What guidance would you give to new parents for safety in the home too?

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  • Becky (And Then There Were Two)

    I’m always amazed at how many second hand car seats I see on selling sites online or at car boot sales! I would never buy one second hand! We have a VERY tall 5 year old so this has been a struggle for us to find the right seat as his height often meant his head was over the top of the seat etc – however we refuse to compromise on his safety so found one! #FabFridayPost

  • Sarah

    Thank Kate. These are awesome tips especially for new mums. I should add that safety for your baby doesn’t stop with the car seat, you need a backseat mirror for monitoring what the baby is doing back there, head and neck support, footmuffs/cozytoes for winter, and so on.

  • Ell Linnie

    I think that this area some really useful tips for anybody who’s looking for a car seat.

    Sometimes people seem to forget about safety… 🙁

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