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What is the law on car seats in Spain ?

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TwistOLemon Thu 24-Jul-08 14:01:44

We have a 3, 4 and 10 year old who is tall enough not to use a booster seat in this country.

Do we just request them when we hire a car ?


Cies Thu 24-Jul-08 14:11:18

The law is that children under 3yo have to use a child seat, and children up to 12 yo or shorter than 1.5m have to have some sort of booster or child seat.

I expect the hire company will have options for different ages.

Hulababy Thu 24-Jul-08 14:15:59

We found to very difficult to hire booster seats abroad, including Spain. We always take our own.

Parofleurmapu Thu 24-Jul-08 20:33:00

Laws and regulations about child car seats in Spain

Please ensure that the car seat is EU-CE approved.

Basically children must be carried to ensure the maximum chance of survival in the event of a serious accident or when a vehicle is forced to make a sudden emergency stop. With this in mind all people in vehicles up to 9 seats including the driver, are required to wear an approved seat belt if fiited and in the case of children, approved seats specially designed for the purpose.

What are the requirements?

Up to 9 months and up to 10 kg, a carrycot must be used laid across the rear seat and secured with the car's safety belt or any specially approved attachment.

From 10kg to 13kg and up to 2 years of age, a child's car seat fitted in the rear with the child facing rearwards.

From 9kg to 18kg and from 9 months to 3 years old, child seats facing frontwards or rearwards , fitted in the rear of the car and secured as detailed in the seats instructions.

From 15kg to 25kg and 3 to 6 years of age, use a seat adaptor (elevator) to lift the child up to fit comfortably with, if necessary, a CE-EU approved seat belt adaptor.

From 22kg to 36kg and 6 to 12 years of age, use a seat elevator so that the child is comfortably protected using the seat belts.

Children up to the age of 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seat.

Non compliance to these rules now results in 3 points or more deducted from your licence oh and taxis can also now be fined if they take passengers with no car seat

Check this website for hire baby hire websites

fifitot Tue 05-Aug-08 20:37:38

Useful website. Have never taken LO abroad before. She is 2. I know some airlines let you take your own car seat and use it on the plane but I guess this counts towards baggage allowance and they are pretty heavy.

Anyone any experience of using any of these hire firms. Do you think it's safe to use a hire car seat???? What do others do???

(Going to spain I think if that helps.)

Any advice?

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