Just out of curiousity...carseat laws?

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  1. mommyof3co

    mommyof3co Mommy of 4 amazing boys!

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    The other thread about carseats got me thinking, it's crazy how different it is everywhere..for everything.

    Where do you live and what are the carseat laws and/or recommendations there?

    Rear facing/forward facing

    forward facing with a harness

    boosters

    when can they be just in the seat without anything besides the seat belt?
     
  2. marley2580

    marley2580 Well-Known Member

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    In the UK -

    Children up to 3 years old

    In the Front Seat

    The child MUST use the correct child restraint.

    It is illegal to carry a child in a rear-facing child seat in the front, which is protected by an active frontal airbag.

    In the Rear Seat

    The child MUST use the correct child restraint.

    In a licensed taxi or licensed hire car, if a child restraint is not available then the child may travel unrestrained in the rear. This is the only exception for children under 3, and has been introduced for practical rather than safety reasons. You should always think about ways to make sure that a child seat is available.

    It is the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that the child is correctly restrained.

    Children aged 3 and above, until they reach EITHER their 12th birthday OR 135cm in height

    In the Front Seat

    The child MUST use the correct child restraint.

    In the Rear Seat

    The child MUST use the correct restraint, where seat belts are fitted.

    There are three exceptions where there is not a child seat available. In each case the child MUST use the adult belt instead. They are -

    1) in a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle;

    2) if the child is travelling on a short distance for reason of unexpected necessity;

    3) if there are two occupied child restraints in the rear which prevent the fitment of a third.

    In addition, a child 3 and over may travel unrestrained in the rear seat of a vehicle if seat belts are not available.

    It is the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that the child is correctly restrained.

    Children over 1.35 metres in height, or who are 12 or 13 years old


    In the Front Seat

    The adult seat belt MUST be worn if available.

    In the Rear Seat

    The adult seat belt MUST be worn if available.

    It is the driver's legal responsibility to ensure that the child is correctly restrained.



    Passengers Over 14 years old

    When travelling in the front or rear seat, an adult seat belt MUST be worn if available.

    It is the responsibility of the individual passenger to ensure that they are wearing the seat belt.


    Also -

    For babies, and children up to three years
    • A baby or child in this age range must not travel in any car or van without the correct child seat for their size/age.
    • A rear facing child seat is safest for infants up to 13kg.
    • The child seat can be fixed onto the front* or back seat (*you must not place a baby in a rear-facing car seat onto a front seat with an active airbag).

    For children from three to 12 years, or when they are 135cm tall, whichever they reach first
    • The correct child seat or booster must be used on either the front or back seat
    • A child in this age range may use an adult belt only if the correct child seat is not available:
    - in a licensed taxi/private hire vehicle
    - for a short distance or in an emergency
    - where two occupied child or booster seats prevent fitting a third such as in small cars where there are only two adult seat belts in the back. A child aged three and over may travel unrestrained on the back seat of a vehicle only if seat belts are not available.

    The Department for Transport says: ‘The best type of child restraint for early childhood is the child safety seat. The integral harness secures the child and spreads the crash forces over a wide area. This seat will last them until either their weight exceeds 18kg or they grow too tall for the height of the adjustable harness.

    ‘Booster seats are best used only when a child has outgrown a safety seat and are designed for children weighing from 15kg to 25kg. These raise the seating position of the child so that the adult seat belt lies properly across the chest and in particular, low across the pelvis. If the adult belt is too high across the stomach, then in a crash serious internal injury could result, or the child could slip under the seat belt. ‘

    Children over 12 years, or more than 135cm tall
    An adult seat belt must be worn in the front seat, and the back seat, if available.
     
  3. mommyof3co

    mommyof3co Mommy of 4 amazing boys!

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    Wow kids 3 and up can be in the front seat? Here they say not until 12, though I don't think you would actually get pulled over, but you def don'tput a carseat in the front seat...unless your in a truck with no other options. Does it say the ages for the actual carseats, like rear facing until this age or weight?

    Here it's....This is for Texas only

    rear facing law is they have to be both 20lbs AND 1yr old to be forward facing but the recommendation is to keep them rear facing until the limits of their convertible carseat, usually between 30-35lbs

    They have to be in a carseat until they are either 5yrs old or 36in...once they are one of those they legally don't HAVE to be in a carseat anymore. But again the recommendation is different, it says harness for as long as possible which is 40-65lbs depending on your carseat. And in a booster until they are 4'9 which is when a regular seat belt fits you properly
     
  4. marley2580

    marley2580 Well-Known Member

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    Children under 3 can ride in the front unless they are in a rearward facing seat and the airbag is not switched off.
     
  5. jenstar

    jenstar Well-Known Member

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    In Northern Ireland (not sure of it applies to the rest of UK) the police technically can give you a ticket and points on your licence for not having the kids in the car in the correct seats BUT atm they DO NOT have the power to demand from you what age a child is or measure the child's height.
     

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