UK law says that children under the age of 12 or the height of 135 cm must be secured in a child seat that is EU-approved. The statement ‘baby seats for children are compulsory’ is therefore true. Here is why baby seats must be used for young children at all times.
Pre-crash speed and impact forces
In a road traffic accident, the primary impact takes place between two vehicles, or a vehicle and another, perhaps stationary object, bringing the vehicles to an abrupt halt. The occupants of the vehicles, however, will continue to move forward at the speed the vehicle was moving at before the vehicle collision.
Restrained versus unrestrained
Restrained occupants will then collide with their seat belts or other restraining system. Finally, internal body organs will collide with the surrounding bone structure, which can be mitigated by restraining systems.
Unrestrained occupants, on the other hand, will come to a very abrupt, painful stop by colliding with the car’s interior or, after being thrown out through the windscreen, the ground.
The importance of baby seats
The force of being thrown forward and against seat belts, vehicle interiors or out through the windscreen can inflict serious and potentially fatal injuries even in adults.
Knowing all this, imagine the effect such an impact would have on the very soft, underdeveloped body of a small child. It can be safely said that without proper baby seats, you are reducing your children’s chance of survival in a motoring accident to next to nil.
Parents often defend their decision not to invest in proper baby seats by saying that they always drive carefully when they have their children in the car. They may well do, but this does not mean they will never make a mistake or fall victim to an accident on the road caused by another road user.
This is an expense that is, after all, not only required by the law, but also well worth it when considering that it could save your children’s lives.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice