Child car seats
Children who are passengers in a vehicle must use a child restraint. This is a national legal requirement which came into force in September 2006. The term "child restraint" is the collective term in the seat belt legislation for baby seats, child seats, booster seats and booster cushions.
- What the law says
All children up to 135cm tall (around 4'5"), or the age of 12, whichever comes first, seated in the front or rear of cars, vans and other goods vehicles must travel in the correct child restraint for their weight with very few exceptions
- Top safety tips
It's important that your child restraint fits well. Checking the fit of your child's car seat every journey could save their life or protect them from serious injury.
Check the seat fits every trip
Is the seat correct for your child’s weight and height?
Make sure the harness is correctly adjusted – one or two fingers should fit between the child’s chest and harness.
If you are using a booster seat or cushion the adult seat belt should go from the hip bone to the hip bone and rest on the child’s shoulder not neck.
Never tuck the seat belt under the child’s arm or behind their back.
Check seat fits before you buy
Don’t buy second hand seat – you don’t know its history.
Free child car seat checks
We are working with GoodEgg to offer advice and free child car seat checks during 2017. GoodEgg have developed a guide: Child car seat safety - use the password GESHAMPSHIRE to access it.
Friday 16 June - Sainsburys Car Park, 3 Draymans Way, Alton, GU34 1SS. 11am to 4pm.
Download and print event poster (16 June Alton)
Friday 30 June - Sainsburys Car Park, 412-414 Bitterne Road, Southampton SO18 5RS. 11am to 4pm.
Download and print event poster (30 June Southampton)
Tuesday 19 September - Sainsburys Car Park, Hambledon Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7AU. 11am to 4pm.
Download and print event poster (19 September Waterlooville)
Wednesday 20 September - Sainsburys Car Park, 1 Redcar Street, Southampton, SO15 5LL. 11am to 4pm.
Download and print event poster (20 September Southampton)
- Downloadable guides
- More advice on child car seats
These organisations have detailed guidance about the use of child restraints: