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People travelling in cars, whether driving or as passengers, are far more likely to be seriously injured or even killed in an accident if they are not wearing a seat belt. Children and young people are far more vulnerable than adults. It is very important to take the time to ensure you are using the right car or booster seat and that you are using it correctly.

A properly fitted car seat can help protect a child and could save their life. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that any child under 14 years of age uses a seat belt or correct child restraint, and that any child restraint used conforms to EU safety standard UN ECE 44.03 or subsequent specification.

The simplest advice is to always wear a seat belt whilst travelling in a motor vehicle and children should always sit in the back seat.