Children's Car Seat Safety

Choosing the right child seat for your car is very important. Every year over 1200 children are killed or seriously injured on the roads of the UK whilst travelling in cars.

It is an offence for children under 12 years of age or 135cms in height to travel in a car without the appropriate restraint.

A child’s car seat may be the most important safety device you ever provide for your child. Even in a minor collision an unrestrained child would be thrown about inside the vehicle, injuring themselves and others. They could also be thrown from the car through one of the windows.

In the United Kingdom approximately 75% of all child car seats in use are either incorrectly fitted, incompatible with the car, inappropriate for the child or not used correctly.

If you require further information about in car child safety please visit the Good Egg Car Safety website and for general advice about road safety for parents and children please visit the Safer Essex Roads Pertnership website or contact the Road Safety Team by emailing

Page last updated: 13/03/2019