The legal rules concerning baby and booster seats are very clear. If you fail to meet these rules, accidents with serious consequences can happen.
The law surrounding baby and booster seats
UK law states that under normal circumstances, children must:
- Use baby or booster seats until they are 135 cm tall or 12 years old, whichever comes first
- Wear seat belts when they are taller than 135 cm or older than 12 (again whichever comes first)
As it has become clear that babies are less likely to suffer serious injuries when they are facing towards the back of a vehicle, it is now also law (in the UK, phased in from 2005 onwards) for babies under the age of 15 months to be kept in rear-facing seats.
Parents have the option to choose a baby and booster seats according to their child’s height and weight, but the law requires all seats and boosters used in the UK to be EU-approved and labelled with a circle containing the capital letter ‘E’.
The reason the law is so clear on this is simple: at the time of an impact, forces up to 60 times a child’s weight can be applied to a child, causing him/her to be:
- Thrown around the vehicle
- Catapulted forwards
- Catapulted through side windows or windscreens
The injuries this could inflict on a child or another person in the vehicle being hit by the child could be devastating.
When a child is hurt
Even with the baby and booster seats, children sometimes sustain injuries. If your child was injured in a vehicle collision because of another driver’s error or because your child seat was defective, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim on behalf of your child.
Accident Advice Helpline
Over 15 years’ experience in dealing with car accident claims on behalf of children means we know how terrifying and devastating seeing your child hurt is. Our advisors and in-house solicitors will, therefore, handle your claim with utmost sensitivity and sympathy. Working for you in the most professional and efficient, yet sympathetic manner possible, our solicitors will ensure you are adequately compensated for:
- The pain and suffering the injury inflicted on your child and you
- Any expenses or loss of earnings you incurred to care for your child and/or aid his/her recovery
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Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice