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All child seats currently for sale in the UK must conform to the United Nations standard ECE Regulation 44-03.
This defines four types of child seat (UK retailers description in brackets):
Group 0 & Group 0+
Rear-facing baby seats. These provide more support for the baby’s head and back than front-facing seats.
Group 0 is for babies from birth up to 10kg (approx. 6-9 months)
Group 0+ is for babies from birth up to 13kg (approx. 12-15 months)
These should not be fitted in the front of a car if there is an active passenger airbag.
Front-facing child seats for children weighing 9kg-18kg (approx. 9 months – 4 years)
These have a built-in harness with a crotch strap that spreads the force of the harness under heavy deceleration and prevents the child slipping forwards out of the seat.
Group 2 & Group 3
Group 2 covers children weighing 15-25kg (approx. age 4-6)
Group 3 covers children weighing 22-36kg (approx. age 6-11)
Child restraint devices in these groups fall into two categories:
- Booster seats
- Booster cushions
Booster seats in this category will be approved for group 2 and group 3 – i.e. children weighing 15-36kg.
Some booster cushions are only approved for group 3 use – check carefully.
Booster seats and booster cushions are intended to be used with adult seat belts – they do not have built-in harnesses like group 1 child seats.
It’s important to ensure that your child and the seat belt are positioned correctly:
- Seat belt over shoulder, not neck
- Seat belt over pelvic area, not stomach
- Belt as tight as possible
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