From 2006 the UK law states that children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first.
So you can select car seats based on either the child’s weight or height.
For safety, only EU-approved child car seats can be used in the UK, which can be identified by having a label showing a capital E in a circle.
Height Based Car Seats Explained:
A height based car seat is known as an i-Size seat which must be rear facing until your child is over 15 months old. Be sure to check these seats to make sure they’re suitable for your child’s height.
Weight Based Car Seats Explained:
With a weight based car seat the weight of your child will determine how your child must be restrained.
You may find that more than one type of seat from the list below, is suitable for your child.
Lie-flat or ‘lateral’ baby carrier, rear-facing baby carrier, rear-facing baby seat using a harness
Rear-facing baby carrier or rear-facing baby seat using a harness
Rear- or forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield
Rear- or forward-facing child seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield
Guidelines When Fitting Car Seats:
Only diagonal seat belt straps can be used when fitting a child car seat unless the seat has been specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt or it is fitted using ISOFIX anchor points.
You must also make sure that you’ve deactivated any front airbags before fitting a rear facing baby seat in the front seat.
And make sure that you don’t fit any child seat on side facing seats.
For more information about hiring child car seats, to find reputable hire companies, and to take advantage of their special offers. Then please view our Car Seat Hire Information.