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All you need to know about car safety seats

If you have a young child, it is essential that you ensure their safety at all times while they are travelling in your car. In accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom, this means that you are going to need to take a look into car safety seats. Fortunately, we have all the information you need to know right here.

British law states that all children travelling in cars must use the appropriate restraints and harnesses until they reach either 12 years of age or 135 cm in height. If you are the driver of a vehicle, it will be your soul responsibility to ensure that all children under the age of 14 are properly buckled up, lest you face some pretty serious sanctions, and potentially even pick up some penalty points.

When it comes to car safety seats for children, there are a number of different kinds that you can buy these days. The kind that you need will depend entirely on the age and size of the child in question.

If you plan on using a car safety seat in the front, then you need to be aware that it is illegal to use a rear facing seat should your passenger side be protected by an airbag for children under 3 years of age. Rear facing safety seats can be used in the rear of the car however.

For children between 3 years of age and 12 years of age (who are under 135 cm in height) you are legally obliged to use the correct form of child safety seat or harness. For children between 12 and 14, or children under 12 who are taller than 135 cm, you must ensure that they wear their adult seat belt at all times.

There are numerous places where you can buy adequate car safety seats around the United Kingdom. Your local mechanic or auto repair shop should have plenty of selection available, while stores like Toys R Us and Argos routinely stock a large number of different varieties of seats for a wide range of different prices, and to suit most makes and models of cars.

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