Car Seat Basics

The most common question we get asked is "What is the safest car seat?", and the answer is this: The safest car seat is the one that fits your child and car correctly, and is used correctly every time.

Car seats are complicated even for the most experienced of people. You should always read your child's car seat manual and have your installation checked by a child restraint technician before using your child's car seat.

Firstly a car seat comes in many designs and each serves a different need, like clothing, there is no such "one size fits all" approach as each child differs as does each car.

Car seats need to be used from the first trip home until your child is between 10 and 12 years of age.

100% of children under 5 years of age require a child restraint
90% of 6 to 8 year olds require a booster seat as does
50% of 9 to 10 year olds and
10% of children aged 10 to 12 years.

Use the links below to find out more:

| Car seat basics
| Find out what a car seat is
| Find out why using a car seat is important
| Find out which car seat your child needs to use
| Find out the components of a car seat