The new child car seat laws continue to confuse many UK parents. Therefore, parents need to seek expert advice from certified and experienced motoring solicitors. According to a recent survey by Co-op Insurance, majority of parents in the UK lack vast knowledge and confidence in child car seats. Nearly 81% of parents covered in the research suggested that that the data about car seats need to be readily available and accessible. Nearly 42% of the parents covered in the research affirmed that they were not well informed about the laws concerning the position and fitment of the car seats. Parents driving along with their children are not allowed to smoke in the cars.
The epicentre of the confusion regards the recommended optimal age a child can be driven in a car without seating. Children who have already attained a height of 135 cm or aged 12, whichever is attained first must use a car seat. Before then, the parent is obliged by the new law to select the ideal car seat based on either the weight or the height of the child. Nick Ansley, the motor insurance head at Co-op, parents with children of different ages have limited information about how to guarantee safety while driving along with their children. The executive also pointed out that they are committed to increasing public awareness on the new laws to ensure all UK parents are well informed and equipped to ensure maximum road safety, especially when having previous cargo. Most certified motoring solicitors advise parents to consider family wagons while driving along with their children because they have 3 or more seating points.
According to Co-op survey, the major reasons why many parents still feel ill-informed about the new child car seal rules include the duration children need to be in the rear-facing seat for (9%), whether children need to utilise car seats in taxis or not (10%), whether or not children should use car seats on public transport (10%), whether or not children need to have attained a specific weight or age before they no longer need seats (12%), the actual meaning of i-size (14%) and the meaning of the various car sear categories (1, 2, 3) (15%).
The Co-op has also prepared a user guide for parents before making car purchases; an entire section focuses on car seats. The UK government website also provides more information about the new laws on car seats.
–Weight-based seats: The weight of the child determines the right seat for the child. The UK authorises weight-based seats approved by the EU.
-Height-based seats: These types of seats are also referred to as the “i-Size.” Such seats must be rear-facing until the child is over 1 year, 3 months old. Children over 15 months old to use the forward-facing car child seats. Always check the suitability of the seat based on the height of the child. The UK government only authorises height-based car seats approved by the EU. A parent can only use a child car seat if the car seat belt incorporates a diagonal strap. Avoid fitting child car seat inside-facing seats. Always consult certified and experienced motoring solicitors to better understand the new child car seat rules.