Easter weekend is one of the busiest times on our roads with many families taking advantage of the days off work and school. Unfortunately, with increased road usage comes increased road accidents. Approximately 59 people have died or suffered serious injuries on the roads on Easter weekend between 2012 and 2017.
Children are our most vulnerable road users so we’re sharing our tips to help keep your little ones safe in the car this Easter.
Children under 150cm or 36kgs in Ireland must use a child restraint system while travelling in a vehicle. Depending on your child’s size and weight they will use a type of car seat or a booster cushion. Taxis are the only exception to this law.
There is no law against children sitting in the front seat of a car but it is illegal for a child to be in a rear facing car seat in the front if the car has an airbag system. Drivers caught doing this will receive a minimum of 3 penalty points.
You’re responsible for any passengers under the age of 17 in your car. We recommend that all children should travel in the back of the car to avoid the airbag system.
Car seats sold in Ireland must comply with the EU Standards, i-SIZE. Seats with the i-SIZE seal of approval (marked with an “E” sticker) provide extra support for the child’s head and neck and can be fitted in most cars with ISOFIX approved attachment points.
What is ISOFIX?
ISOFIX is the international standard for car seat attachment points. Using these points will reduce the risk of your child’s car seat fitting incorrectly. Most modern vehicles are built with ISOFIX points.
The types of car restraint systems are placed in groups based on the weight and height of your child. There are four groups: 0, 1, 2 and 3. Types of car seats include:
The most important thing to consider while choosing the correct type of car seat is the weight of your child. The RSA have an up to date chart of the correct car seats to suit your child’s weight and height.
It might be cheaper to buy a second-hand car seat but it’s not always the safest option. Manufacturers recommended use of a car seat is 5 years. This is due to wear of important parts.
If you are going to buy a second-hand seat, check the history of the seat to confirm any possible damages and complete the above steps.
Retailers should show you how to install and fit the seat correctly but if have any concerns, the Road Safety Authority has a free, country-wide fitting service called Check It Fits. If in doubt, check it out!
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