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Car seats

If you take your baby out in a car, they must be in a car seat. Your baby must always go in their seat, including when you bring them home from the hospital. It is illegal to have your baby in your arms in a vehicle.

The safest way for your baby to travel is in a rear-facing infant car seat either on the front or back seat. This is held in place by the adult safety belt. Only EU-approved weight-based car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital 'E' in a circle and 'ECE R44'. Please ensure:

  • The car seat is fitted correctly
  • If you place a rear-facing infant care seat in the front passenger seat the air-bag must be deactivated if there is one fitted
  • You should not buy a second-hand car seat as it may have been damaged in an accident
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