Child car seat laws are in place in the UK to keep children safe when they travel. They can seem complicated at first as they change depending on the child’s age, weight and height, as well as from vehicle to vehicle. But this guide will help you navigate these rules and make sure you stay legal when travelling with young passengers.
Only EU-approved child car seats can be used in the UK – these are identified by the ‘E’ in a circle on the label. You can choose a car seat based on your child’s height or weight , and they must use one until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall – whichever comes first.
Height-based car seats must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old and forward-facing thereafter. If you choose a weight-based car seat, use this table to work out what type your child needs: