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Buckle up the kids and avoid the penalty points;

Make sure Children are in the appropriate car seat or booster seat; if you fail to do so you may receive up to 5 penalty points and a court fine of €800.

3 out of 4 child car seats are fitted incorrectly. Good news to help address this issue the Road safety authority are running a “Check it fits” service. The service is currently touring Ireland, to see when it is in your town http://www.rsa.ie/checkitfits.

The grid below sets out the current legal requirements for the type of seat required for children in the car.

Stage 1=Groups 0 and 0+             Stage 2=Group 1                     Stage 3=Group 2            Stage 5=Group 3 

Type of RestraintWeight Range Approx Age range
Group 0Rearward-facing baby seatFor babies up to 10 kgs (22 lbs)Birth to 6-9 months
Group 0+Rearward-facing baby seatFor babies up to 13 kgs (29 lbs)Birth to 12 – 15 months
Group 1Forward-facing baby seat9-18 kgs (20-40 lbs)9 months – 4 years
Group 2Booster seat15-25 kgs (33-55 lbs)4-6 years
Group 3Booster cushion22-36 kgs (48-79 lbs)6-11/12 years


It is not recommended that children sleep for long periods of time in the car seat so take lots of breaks on the long journeys!