Child car seats advice - Introduction
Only when kids reach 12 years of age or 135cm (4ft 5ins) tall can they safely and legally travel using only the car's factory-fitted seatbelts and not rely on any kind of booster seat. Until then, they must use the right type of baby seat or infant seat, or the driver risks fines of up to £500.
There are dozens of car seats to choose from, however, and lots of factors to consider before making your choice. A cheap car seat is not necessarily a bad car seat, while an expensive child seat might not be suitable to your lifestyle.
Even after you've made your purchase there are some important things you need to know to ensure your car seat is providing the best possible protection for your child.
But don't worry – everything you need to know about child cars seats is all here in our comprehensive advice guide.
We'll take you through the different car seat types, explaining which car seat group is best suited for your child.
We will explain which car seats are the safest, as well as discuss the pros and cons of ISOFIX. We got advice on how to fit baby seats and booster seats.
We've got lowdown on car seats and the law and, lastly, a child seat checklist.
Thanks to TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) and RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) for their assistance with this content.
By Iain Reid