When flying with young children, what do you need to know to help you decide if you are going to take a car seat with you for the plane? That is what we are going to explore in this 3 part ‘Flying with young children’ mini blog series.
Using UK seats abroad
All child car seats within the European Union (EU) are tested to ECE R44.04 or R129 i-Size. Child seats carrying the ECE approval R44.03, R44.04 or R129 (i-Size) may be used within the European Union.
If you wish to use your child car seat when you reach your destination, it is worth noting that an EU approved child restraint cannot normally be used in countries outside of the EU. This is because different countries have different laws and testing that European Union seats may not meet. The same is true for any seat outside of the EU that is brought over to Europe.
As an example, a parent flying to the USA may be allowed to use their child restraint on the aircraft, but once they land, their seat cannot then be used in a car or taxi.
If you are from the UK and flying to a destination within the EU, then you can use your UK car seat when you are on holiday.
If you are unsure check with your holiday provider, the local road safety department or the British embassy in that country.
Using a child car seat at your destination
If you hire a car when you get to your destination many hire companies will also hire out child car seats at an additional cost. If you decide to do this ensure that you are completely happy with the child car seat’s quality and that you have fitted it correctly.
If you are not happy with the seat you can also choose to purchase one whilst on holiday. This could potentially work out cost effective if you were using the hire car for the whole duration of the holiday.
Even if you are not hiring a car, some countries require children to travel in a suitable child restraint in taxis. Some taxi firm’s will have specific vehicles with restraints fitted, however it is wise to check with the taxi firm or transport company you will be using to reach your hotel.
Travelling by coach transfer also needs to be confirmed, firstly to see if you need a child restraint, and also if your child restraint can be used, should you want to use it - even if you don’t have to.
As always, when you are fitting the car seat in the car or on the coach, make sure that it is a compatible fit and correctly fitted.