Draft law to obligate child seats in cars

Draft law to obligate child seats in cars

The Higher Committee for Child Protection at the Ministry of Interior has stressed on the need to install special car seats for children in vehicles.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 27 Jun 2011, 8:31 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:41 AM

The committee also passed a set of recommendations relevant to the new draft law which makes it compulsory to fix child booster seats in the backseat of a car for children under six years.

The child car seat shall have specified criteria and specifications to guarantee the safety of kids.

Major-General Nasser La Khraibani Al Nuaimi, Secretary-General of the office of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister who is also the head of the Higher Committee for Child Protection, said that the need to make children safe prompted them to put forward some recommendations which focus on the importance of installing booster seats for toddlers.

For children aged between six and nine months and weigh less than 10 kg, the baby seat should be installed rearward-facing, while for babies aged nine months to four years and weigh between nine and 18kg, the seat shall be installed forward-facing.

Booster seats must be used for children aged between four and six years and weigh 15 to 25kg. Booster cushions can be used for children aged six to 11 years and weigh 22 to 36kg.

Maj.-Gen. Al Nuaimi stressed that children aged between six and 12, when using booster seats should buckle up, as well.

He also called for applying the rule which exists in the UK regarding child car seats, which stipulates that vehicles install child seat belts according to the weight of the child, as kids differ in size (weight and height).

The British law stipulates that a child must be at least 135cm in height and weigh more than 36kg before being allowed to travel in a car without wearing a seat belt.

Al Nuaimi thus proposed the adoption of what is stipulated in the British law since the new child car seat being sold in Britain complies with the Economic Commission for Europe’s standard No 44.03 based on the UK specifications, or to use the seats that meet the recently released norm No 44/04.

“Child car seat, which conform to any British standard or any previously released norm of No 44, is allowed to be used,” he noted. - alaaali@khaleejtimes.com

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