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Brenda Cundell
Lunes, 11 de septiembre de 2017

Campaign in Alcala and Alcossebre for the correct use of seat belts and child safety restraint systems in cars

From the 11th to the 17th September, the Local Police will be carrying out a special watch to ensure people’s compliance with the current legislation

The Alcala-Alcossebre Police and Security Department has announced that from the 11th to the 17th September there will be a special campaign to encourage the use of safety seat belts and child restraint systems in cars.  Local Police officers will be in both centres, checking that car occupants comply correctly with the regulations and are aware of the use of both safety systems – seat belts for adults and child restraint systems for babies and children up to the age of 12 years.

 

With the aim for everyone to be up to date with the regulations, the Council has published on social media, the Bandomóvil app and the municipal web site how to use the child restraint systems for groups 0 and 0+ (just born and up to 13 kilos), group 1 (from 9 to 18 kilos), groups 2 and 3 (from 15 to 36 kilos) and from 135 cms.

 

Councillor Alejandra Roca said that “these campaigns are uniquely aimed to ensure that residents see the importance of the correct use of the restraint systems, in the case of adults and, above all, in that of children, for their safety and physical integrity”.

 

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.  However, safety experts recommend that you use a child car seat/booster for all children under 150cm/4ft 11in.

You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.

Height-based seats

Height-based seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old. Your child can use a forward-facing child car seat when they’re over 15 months old.

You must check the seat to make sure it’s suitable for the height of your child.

Only EU-approved height-based child car seats can be used in the UK and Spain. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘R129’.

Weight-based seats

The seat your child can use (and the way they must be restrained in it) depends on their weight.

Only EU-approved weight-based child car seats can be used in the UK and Spain. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’.

You may be able to choose from more than one type of seat in the group for your child’s weight.

 

Child’s weight

Group

Seats

0kg to 10kg

0

Lie-flat or ‘lateral’ baby carrier, rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat using a harness

0kg to 13kg

0+

Rear-facing baby carrier or rear-facing baby seat using a harness

9kg to 18kg

1

Rear- or forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield

15kg to 25kg

2

Rear- or forward-facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield

22kg to 36kg

3

Rear- or forward-facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield

 

Manufacturers can now only make booster cushions approved as group 3. This won’t affect any existing booster cushions in group 2 and you’ll still be able to use them.

Fitting a child car seat

You must only use a child car seat if your car’s seat belt has a diagonal strap, unless the seat is either:

  • specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt
  • fitted using ISOFIX anchor points

You must also:

  • deactivate any front airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat
  • not fit a child car seat in side-facing seats

The Child Car Seats website has information on how to choose a seat and travel safely with children in cars.

Children with disabilities or medical conditions

The same rules apply for children with disabilities or medical conditions, but they can use a disabled person’s seat belt or a child restraint designed for their needs.

A doctor can issue an exemption certificate if a child is unable to use a restraint or seat belt because of their condition.

 

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