Car Seats – how did we ever survive before them?
We are ALWAYS in need of car seats, but they have to be safe and legal.
As we know child car seats are essential. The first critical step is getting the baby home from the hospital. Then the family has to go shopping, get to the doctor and the 101 other must-dos of everyday living. And they are expensive and a major financial burden for struggling families. Car seats can be a hurdle for many vulnerable families. This is why we distribute so many. But to keep babies safe we can only give car seats that are less than 8 years old.
Sometimes we get urgent requests. A recent example was a young mum trapped in her house because her ex-partner had taken the child’s car seat with him! Then we have to purchase one. If you would like to help we have a donation page on this web site. Buy a car seat for a family in need So many thanks.
Car Seats Legal requirements
- You must secure a child up to the age of six months in an approved rearward facing restraint
- From six months old but under four years old you must secure the child in either a rear or forward facing approved child restraint with an inbuilt harness
- Then from four years old but under seven years old you must use a forward facing approved child restraint.
- Once the child reaches seven years old life returns to normal. However, it is strongly recommended that if children are too small to be restrained by a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt (under 16 years old) they should continue to use an approved booster seat.
- You should always ensure that children in booster seats are restrained by a suitable lap and sash type approved seat belt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.