Choosing and fitting a child car seat.
Children are amongst the most vulnerable road users and passengers. That’s why, by law, all children under 150 cms in height or 36 kgs (79 lbs) in weight must use a child restraint system (CRS) suitable for their height and weight while travelling in a car or goods vehicle (other than a taxi).
There’s a wide range of child car seats available for children of all ages and sizes. It’s vitally important that you always choose the right child car seat, fit it or have it fitted correctly and ensure that it remains securely fitted and suitable for your growing child.
If in doubt, always ask an expert.
Child car seat types
Child restraints are categorised according to the weight of the children they are suitable for. These weight categories correspond broadly to different age groups, but it is the weight of the child that is most important when deciding what type of child restraint to use.
The sizing chart in our child safety in cars booklet will help you find out what types of child car seats are suitable for your child's weight.
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Choosing a child car seat
A properly fitted child restraint system keeps the child in their seat, preventing them from being thrown about inside or being thrown from the vehicle. It also absorbs some of the impact force. This means that your child is much less likely to be killed or injured in a crash.
Our videos offer clear and trusted advice to help you choose the right child car seat for your child.
An appropriate child restraint is one which:
- conforms to the UN standard, ECE Regulation 44-03, or a later version of the standard, 44.04, or new i-Size (Regulation 129). Always look for the E mark to ensure your child car seat meets these standards
- is suitable for your child’s weight and height;
- is correctly fitted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Fitting your child car seat
You should always choose a retailer who can fit child car seats for you, and who can show you how to fit it correctly yourself. You should also make sure you get the instruction manual with your car seat on how to fit it safely in your car.
We have published a helpful new DVD which gives examples of how to fit some child car seats and you can order your free copy.
Or you can watch one of our online videos now that demonstrate how to fit a child car seat correctly.
Code of practice for child car seat retailers
Our Code of Practice for Child Car Seat retailers aims to help the public feel confident that they are getting the correct information and help they need when buying a child car seat. This includes help on deciding the correct type of car seat for their child’s weight and height. It also includes help with understanding what makes the child car seat compatible with the car(s) they want to use it in.
All child car seat retailers in Ireland and all child car seat manufacturers who supply goods to Ireland are welcome to participate in this code at any time. We are committed to work with them and helping them on all aspects of this code.
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