New Child Car Seat Laws

Parents still confused six months on

Six months after the introduction of regulations governing child car seats, new research from the AA reveals that the majority of parents are still confused about the change in the law. According to the AA's findings, over two thirds (71 %) of parents still don't know the new height restrictions for using child restraints.

Parents are blaming their confusion on a lack of information. Over half of those asked (52 %) claim that they don't feel enough has been done to update them on changes and help them understand the new guidelines. Dads were found to be the least clued up, with two-thirds (65 %) feeling that they hadn't received enough guidance to show them how to make sure their own children's car seats were compliant.

Research by the UK's largest motoring organisation also revealed that one in six parents confessed that hadn't yet checked if they needed to make any changes or new provisions – six months after the regulations came into practice on 18th September 2006. Parents in the North West appeared to be most reluctant to check that their child seats met with the new legal requirements, with a quarter (25 per cent) yet to check their current seats and provisions against the new regulations.

Commenting, Chris Patience, Head of Technical Advice at the AA, said: "There still seems to be a lot of confusion amongst parents as to exactly what the new law is, what this means to them and their children and if they need to make any changes.

"The new regulations have been introduced because, whilst most parents make sure that their children use some kind of restraint when travelling on the road, if they aren't using the correct type of restraint there can be dangerous consequences. It's essential that parents understand the new law and carry out the necessary checks and make changes if required."

Summary of seat belt and child seat law

Child safety advice from the AA

Notes to Editors

ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 214 adults with children aged 12 or under by telephone between 9th – 11th March 2007. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at


20 March 2007