Code of Practice for Child Car Seat Retailers

 

 

 

As part of our commitment to Action 11 in the government’s Road Safety Strategy 2013–2020, we have published a Code of Practice for Child Car Seat Retailers. The aim of this Code of Practice is to bring all the information and education that customers receive on child car seats at the point of purchase in line with legal requirements and best practice.

By setting this standard of information and education given by child car seat retailers, we want to make sure that people are:
- well informed when they are buying, fitting and using child car seats
- fitting and using the car seats correctly for the safety of children.

We have checked tens of thousands of child car seats through our child car seat checking service – Check it Fits. During these checks, we found that as many as 4 out of 5 child car seats had to be adjusted in some way to make sure they were fitted safely.

Fitting checks follow three basic principles:
 - the fitting of the child car seat to the car
-  the suitability of the child car seat for the child
-  the safe fitting of the child car seat as per the manufacturer’s instructions

Our research on these checks shows that road users have different levels of child car seat knowledge and education. Most people had little knowledge of:
-  how to fit a child car seat
-  how to adjust a child car seat as the child grows
-  how to assess if the child car seat is suitable for a particular child.

To deal with these issues, we have developed this voluntary Code of Practice for Child Car Seat Retailers. This was one of our commitments under the government’s Road Safety Strategy 2013–2020.

This Code of Practice will help child car seat retailers to make sure that they have a standard level of information and education about child car seats. They can then share this information with customers who are buying child car seats.

You can view the Code of Practice Document along with a list of participating retailers and manufacturers for 2021 in the 'More Information' section on this page.

If you would like to talk to someone about signing up or have any questions, please e-mail [email protected] and we would be happy to help.