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All parents should take the safety of their children seriously, and child safety is particularly important when it comes to riding in a car.

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Car Safety for Children

Child Car Seats and Booster Seats

According to UK law, children must use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall. The type of car seat you choose for your child depends on their weight. Babies up to 13kg  need a rear-facing baby seat but if your baby or toddler weights between 9 and 18kg, they can have a front-facing baby seat. Booster seats are appropriate for children from 15 to 25kg and if your child is over 22kg, they can use a booster cushion.

When fitting a child car seat, it’s important to avoid doing so in a side-facing seat. You should only use child car seats with seatbelts that have diagonal straps, unless the seat is specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt. If you’re fitting a rear-facing baby seat in the front of the car, remember to deactivate any front airbags before doing so.

Rules For Your Child

It’s important that your child understands certain car safety rules as soon as they are old enough to do so. If your child needs to get the driver’s attention, ask them to speak in a calm voice rather than screaming or shouting. Distracting the driver can cause accidents and should only be done if absolutely necessary. Make sure your child knows how important it is to always wear a seatbelt correctly, so that they are not constantly trying to unclip themselves or pull the seatbelt off. If your child understands why safety measures are important in the car, they will be more likely to acquiesce to them.

Boot and Tailgate Gas Struts

If you don’t count yourself as particularly savvy when it comes to car mechanics, you may never have had to change your boot or tailgate gas struts. These are metal rods that prevent the boot of your car from closing when it has been opening, for instance when you are loading and unloading shopping or luggage. It’s very important that your boot and tailgate gas struts are kept in optimum condition so that the boot does not slam shut on a child’s hands, shoulders or head. This could cause serious injury. You can replace boot and tailgate gas struts at home or through a reputable garage, and buy replacement struts from specialist retailers like SGS Engineering.

 

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  1. October 29, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Buying a car seat is a big task. There is no single perfect seat. The best seat is the one that fits your child and your car and that is used correctly every time.

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