Recent research shows that, despite the introduction of ISOFIX (International Standards Organisation Fix), almost two out of three car seats are still not fitted correctly.
Child car seats and the law
Since 2006, the law states that all children must use a car seat or high-back booster until they are 135cms tall (4ft 5") or reach their 12th birthday.
Seatbelts are designed for use by adults who are 5ft and taller. Without the appropriate child car seat to redirect the belt, the seatbelt alone will sit high across a child’s tummy and cut across the neck with potentially life-changing consequences.
In car safety
We will consider the provision of specialist car seats or alternative in car safety equipment for children who have been assessed by a health care professional or the children with disabilities, social care occupational therapy team.
Requests will also be considered where a family are in receipt of child in need support and who may require assistance to purchase a specialist car seat.
For more information contact children's referral and assessment team.