In-car child safety

The Facts

  • Children are vulnerable. It’s the driver’s role to ensure they are safe in a car.
  • Properly-fitted seatbelts and child seats are the key to reducing the severity of injuries should an accident occur.
  • But not all child seats fit all cars. It’s important to check you have the right seat to suit your child as well as any car that it is to be used in.

The Risks

  • As the driver, you must ensure children under 14 are properly restrained.
  • It is illegal to let a child travel unrestrained in the front seat of any vehicle.
  • You can be fined £100 for each child who is not properly strapped in.
  • A 30mph crash will propel an unrestrained child with a force of up to 60 times their body weight, straight into whatever is in front of them.

The Scottish Good Egg Campaign

The Scottish Good Egg Campaign has advice on how to keep children safe.


Find out about child car seat safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Related resources

30 June 2015

Scottish Child-In Car Safety Campaign launched

This year's Scottish Child-In Car Safety Campaign launched in Edinburgh on 8 June.

Visit the website for information about the campaign and a fantastic new video about the importance of getting it right.

07 February 2012

Seatbelt Poster

Poster emphasising the need for the correct use of seatbelts.