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When can a child sit in the front of a car with a booster seat?

THERE are a number of laws to protect children and babies when travelling in a car.

Here we examine whether young ones can ride in the front seat of a car with a booster seat.


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When can a child sit in the front of a car with a booster seat?

The law states that children aged three to twelve years old or up to 135cm tall must sit in a booster seat.

This applies to both the front and back of the car.

The car seat must be suitable for their age and height and they must be wearing a seat belt.

Children under three can sit in the front seat only if there is no room in the back for a child’s car seat.

However, they must travel in the correct car seat and have the airbag disabled.

It is illegal to place a rearward-facing child seat in the front seat if the front passenger airbag is active.

There are several reasons why you might need your child to sit in the front seat, but it’s important to explore other options as much as possible.

It’s generally advised that children sit in the back seat for as long as possible due to safety reasons.

This is because the force of the airbag going off can pose a serious risk to the child’s safety in the event of a collision.

Can you be fined?

Not using the correct child restraint can result in a fixed penalty fine of £60 and three penalty points on your driving license.

If the case goes to court, this fine could escalate to a maximum of £500 for any occupant anywhere in the car.

The law came into effect on March 1, 2017.

Under current laws, both families and manufacturers can no longer introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.

Previously, those weighing as little as 15kg could use backless booster seats, but experts have warned this was unsuitable.

A third of child car seats are fitted incorrectly, with one in ten being so bad they are dangerous, according to researchers.

If your child has any disabilities, they may need a specially designed seat.

For more information on the new car seat laws, see the government’s website.

Fitting the seat correctly:

  • You must deactivate any front-facing airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby seat
  • You must not use side-facing seats
  • The seat must either have its own diagonal strap, be designed for use with a lap seat belt, or be fitted with ISOFIX anchor points
  • ISOFIX anchors the child’s chair to the car’s back seat. There are three ISOFIX points – two metal bars at the base, and a top tether or support leg
  • Make sure the seat itself is fitted as securely as possible, with no excessive movement
  • Make sure the seat’s buckle is clear of its frame – because otherwise it could snap open if you have an accident
  • With babies, harnesses should be pulled tight, with no more than two fingers’ space under the shoulder straps at the collarbone

When can a child sit in a car without a booster seat?

Children must use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm (4ft 5in) tall, according to reports by the BBC.

This is because adult seatbelts don’t provide the same level of protection for a child as booster seats do, as it’s not designed to properly fit across their body.

In the event of a side-on crash, adult seatbelts may offer minimal protection for children.

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