Everybody wants to make sure their children are safe and protected, and that’s no different when travelling in a vehicle. UK Law states that children must use a car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm, whichever comes first. It’s the drivers responsibility to ensure all passengers in their car are safe, and there’s a fixed rate fine of £100 if you are caught, going up to £500 if it goes to court.
A recent LV= study around the awareness of car seats has revealed damning results. 3 in 5 grandparents don’t know the law. 1 in 10 grandparents never use a car seat for taking children under 12 years in their car. Most are simply unaware of the new laws.
- 61% of grandparents who drive are not fully aware of the laws
- The driver is responsible for a child’s safety in the car
What is the current car seat law?
To cause more confusion, there are actually two separate, simultaneous car seat laws that are observed in the UK.
- The ECE R44/03 and R44/04 regulations are based on the age and weight of your child
- The newer ECE R129 or ‘i-Size’ regulation applies to children aged under 15 months and takes height into consideration as well
The i-Size law, which was passed in the UK in April 2015, hasn’t replaced the ECE R44/03 and R44/04 regulations; instead, they run alongside each other.
Will my old car seat be okay?
Yes, as long as your car seat conforms to either the ECE R44/03 and R44/04 regulations or the newer i-Size law, it will be okay. Essentially, don’t worry if you have a seat from before April 2015 that you bought with the R44 laws in mind.
If you’re not sure, use the ECE R44/04 chart below to work out the right type of car seat for your child.