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Seat belt and child seat safety

By law, you must use a seatbelt in a vehicle if one is fitted, and children up to 135 centimetres in height must use a child restraint.

Wearing a seatbelt is vital. If you don't wear a seatbelt, you risk serious injury or death – you are twice as likely to die in a crash without one.

What the law says

  • You must wear a seat belt in cars and goods vehicles where one is fitted. There are very few exceptions to this.
  • In buses and coaches where seat belts are fitted, passengers aged 14 years and above must use them.

Read about the law regarding seat belts.

Child car seats

Child restraints include baby seats, child seats, booster seats and booster cushions. It is important that you get the right restraint for your baby or child - it depends on the weight of the child, not their age.

Read about the law regarding child car seats.

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