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Child Car Seats

The safest way for babies, children and young people to travel in vehicles is in a child car seat that is suitable for their weight, height and age, and one that is correctly fitted in the vehicle. 

The Road Safety Team actively promote in-car safety and offer a FREE child car seat checking service to anyone living, studying or working in St Helens.

 

The law states that all children up to 135cm tall (around 4'5"), or the age of 12, whichever comes first, must travel in the correct child restraint for their height and weight with very few exceptions. After this they must use an adult seat belt.

Who’s involved?

Sitting in the front seat

Sitting in the rear seat

Whose responsibility?

Driver

Seat belt MUST be worn if fitted

 

Driver

Child under 3 years of age

Correct child restraint MUST be used

Correct child restraint must be used.  If one is not available in a taxi, may travel unrestrained

Driver

Child from 3rd birthday up to 135cms in height (4’ 5”) or 12th birthday, whichever they reach first

Correct child restraint MUST be used

Correct child restraint must be used where seat belt is fitted.  Must use adult seat belt if correct child restraint is not available:

- In a licensed taxi/private hire vehicle the child may travel unrestrained

- For a short distance in an unexpected necessity

- If two occupied child restraints prevent fitting a third

Driver

Child aged 12 or 13, over 135cms in height

Seat belt MUST be worn if fitted

Seat belt must be worn if fitted

Driver

Passenger aged 14 years old and over

Seat belt MUST be worn if fitted

Seat belt must be worn if fitted

Passenger

 

Contact us on 01744 676851 or email the team for more information and advice.

 

GROUPS

Group 0
0-10kg (0-22lb) - From birth to about 6 to 9 months

Group 0+
0-13kg (0-29lb) - From birth to about 12-15 months

Group 0+/1
0-18kg (0-40lb) - From birth to 4 and a half years

Group 1
9-18kg (20-40lb) - About 9 months to 4 and a half years

Group 2/3
15-36kg (33lb-5st 9lb - About 3 years to 12 years

Group 3 (booster seats)
22-36kg (48lb-5st 9lb)/125cm - About 6 years to 12 years

Group 1/2/3
9-36kg (20lb-5st 9lb) - From around 9 months up to 12 years


For further information you can contact the team.