Two out of three Children do not travel correctly or safely when transported by car, according to the British organisation Child Seat Safety.
Here are 10 rules for transporting Children in your Car:
1. Use a certified Child seat according to height and weight. Age does not determine what type of Car Seat to use, but rather the child's weight and height.
2. Always have the Child sitting in the rear seat - this is by far the safest place in the vehicle. Although the front passenger seat has child restraint systems, it is only advisable to use this in exceptional occasions. In this instance, the Airbag must be deactivated.
3. Fasten Child Seat correctly. It is extremely important to read the instillation guide! The easiest and most convenient method is the Isofix. If the Seat requires the use of the Vehicle's Seat Belt, make sure the belt goes through correctly and in the loops indicated by the seat Manufacturer.
4. Tighten the straps on the harness: These straps are often loose enough for Children to free their arms, which could lead to serious injury in the event of a road traffic accident. The harness straps should be tightened and close fit to the body. You can test this by trying to pinch the strap; if you can, then tighten it a little more.
5. Face the rear for as long as possible. In the event of a front impact, a baby's neck cannot support the weight of its head propelled forward. For this reason, Group O and O+ Seats are designed exclusively to face the rear. It is mandatory to keep your child seat rear facing until the child reaches around 15 months old.
6. Make no exceptions during short trips. Always make sure your Child is in its Car Seat, no matter how short the journey.
7. No Coats. This prevents the Seat Belt fitting snug against the Child's body.
8. Place all equipment in the boot: Luggage or objects left on the seats can become projectiles in the case of sudden breaking or worst case, a collision.
9. Lead by example. Always wear your Seat Belt.
10. In the event of an accident, whenever possible, Children must be removed from the car in their Seat. Do not carry them out in your arms unless there is an immediate risk of danger.
UK Legislation regarding Child Restraint Systems (CRS):
Child Restraint Systems or better known as Child Seat's are mandatory for any Child under the age of 12 and 135cm.