Subject: Child car seats: Laws and advice
Child car seats can be confusing at the best of times. Once you’ve mastered the frequently tricky task of fitting one, you then need to follow the many child car seat laws and regulations.
These are important because they are designed to ensure the best level of protection and failure to obey the laws could result in some expensive fines. Penalties can be anything from a £30 on the spot fine up to £500 if taken to court.
Child car seat groups
- Group 0: Rear-facing baby seats – babies up to 13kg
- Group 1: Forward-facing child seats – toddlers and children from 9kg to 18kg
- Group 2: Booster seats – children from 15kg to 25kg
- Group 3: Booster cushions – children over 22kg
A booster cushion is the easiest option to fit and carry because, unlike a baby, child or booster seat, it has no back rest. For this reason, many parents prefer booster cushions for shorter journeys, which include taking their kids to and from school.