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YourLife: Does your child travel in safety? MUMS SPECIAL.

Byline: By Tara Cain

THE law governing the use of children's car seats is all set to change next month.

And if you don't comply it could mean up to a pounds 500 fine.

So make sure you're clued up before the new laws come in to effect with our easy guide.

CHILD car seats are the best way to prevent death and serious injury to children in cars - and yet a quarter of parents opt not to use an appropriate car restraint for their child.

And despite parents' protests about putting older children in an appropriate car seat, it is estimated that it could prevent 2,000 casualties a year.

The law is all set to change from September 18, when far more stringent laws come into force.

The new laws will mean parents will be forced to carry all child passengers in appropriate restraints until they're aged 12, or at least 135cm (4ft 5ins) tall.

In addition, the new laws mean it will be illegal to carry children in a rear-facing child restraint in a car seat with an active frontal airbag.

Currently the law only requires parents to carry children under the age of three in proper car seats, with children aged three to 11 only needing to use car seats "when available".

Simon Ettinghausen, chairman of the Local Authority Road Safety Officers' Association, says: "There are still far too many children not using child restraints in cars, or using adult seatbelts, which aren't designed for children.

"This law will keep children safe by ensuring they're properly restrained right up until they're 135cms tall."

Ettinghausen says some parents may protest at having to put older children in restraints again, but he stresses that they should be concerned about their children's safety.

"There are a lot of benefits to this, and it's estimated that it could prevent 2,000 casualties a year."

What do you think about the new legislation?

Let us know by contacting us at the addresses on page 10

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 28, 2006
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