It is currently illegal to sell a child car seat in the UK, with a chest clip as part of the child seat. … The chest clip MUST sit at your child’s armpit level. It is very dangerous to get this wrong. Once your child has broken the habit of wriggling their arms out, remove the chest clip.
Why don t UK car seats have chest clips?
European car seats, by regulation, require that the child can be removed from the car seat in a single motion; so having both a crotch buckle and chest clip would breach the European regulation. That’s one reason that European car seats don’t have a chest clip.
Are car seat chest clips illegal?
A child car seat has one primary role, to protect the child in the event of a collision whilst travelling in the car. Child car seats, that are homologated to UN ECE R44 regulations, are prevented from using the chest clip.
Why do some car seats not have chest clips?
A simplified reason why chest clips exist is because many parents don’t tighten the harness properly. It’s usually too loose which affect safety negatively in a collision. Swedish car seats often have harness placed more narrow across the shoulders which means no chest clips are necessary (or allowed).
What is the law on car seats UK?
Using a child car seat or booster seat. Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.
Are Houdini straps illegal UK?
Once your child has stopped doing this dangerous practice, please stop using the Houdini Stop The Houdini Stop is a legal aftermarket accessory. It is not illegal to add this to your car seat harness.
Are Recaro car seats Legal us?
May 9, 2017: Breaking: Recaro quits US car seat and stroller business! Baby Bargains has confirmed the European-based company has discontinued all its car seats and strollers in the US, effectively withdrawing from North America.
Why does chest clip need to be at armpit level?
When the chest clip is positioned at armpit height, it is pulling the harness straps inward and making the harness narrow sooner and helping make sure that the harness is properly positioned on the shoulders. This becomes extremely important in the event the harness is too loose.
How do I stop my child wriggling out of car seat?
Take some toys or games for them to play with in the car. Make sure you take off any puffy jackets, snowsuits or thick tops, as these types of clothing can cause gaps between the harness and your little one, making it easier to wriggle out of. Check the height of the harness – eg where the straps emerge from the seat.
Are car seat belt extenders legal UK?
The only time it is safe to use a seat belt extender in a car is when both of the following criteria are met: The person using the extender is an obese teenager or adult whose body size is such that the seat belt can not be buckled without the use of an extender. AND.
Can I use UK car seat in us?
What is this? From Britax UK direct: “I can confirm that unfortunately, the legal requirements of the European and Federal Standards (USA/Canada) are incompatible so it is not legal for you to use a European approved child seat in the US/Canada or vice-versa.”
Are Australian car seats legal in UK?
As you’ve discovered the UK and Australian standards are different and most UK car seats will not comply with Australian standards. That said, if you can buy in the UK the EXACT SAME car seat as is sold in Australia then of course you can bring it over and use it.
Where does the chest clip go?
Or more precisely, in the middle of the sternum. The retainer clip is designed to keep the straps parallel over the torso in a crash. Too low and the child could be ejected from the seat in a crash; too high and the child could suffer a neck injury.
What happens if you get caught with too many passengers in your car UK?
Driving with more passengers than available seats could also be deemed dangerous driving which could see you face court action and hit with a £5,000 fine. Using your car illegally as a taxi service is also likely to invalidate your policy in a major blow for motorists.
What is the legal requirement for car seats?
The law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt.
When did baby seats become mandatory UK?
Even more remarkably, the use of children’s car seats wasn’t made a legal requirement until 2006! Since then, all infants from birth until a certain age or height must be in a specially designed car seat. This is a legal requirement. Failure to do so will likely result in you receiving a £500 fine.