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What is the law regarding Infant Car Seats in S.Africa?

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What is the law regarding Infant Car Seats in S.Africa?

We will be travelling to Cape Town and the surrounding area this coming Christmas and will be renting a car. I have booked a car seat for the car rental, but am wondering, when we do guided wine tours (where we are in someone else's car), will we be required by law to have a car seat for the baby (under 2 years old)?

I've tried looking this topic up in past forums, but the entries have expired or been discontinued.

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1. Re: What is the law regarding Infant Car Seats in S.Africa?

South African law requires that your baby sits in a SABS-approved baby car seat up to the age of 3 years old (or under 21 kilograms).

Thereafter, the law states that your child must be buckled up using the standard fitted (adult) restraints / seat belts.

A booster seat or seat-belt positioner must be used for children under the age of 12 in order for them to wear the seat belt in the correct way.

In South Africa it is compulsory that all passengers in a motor vehicle must be strapped in at all times and it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all passengers (including children) are always strapped in.

Arrange for the tour company doing your guided tour, to provide a baby seat...... they should normally do this free of charge ( I do).

Sadly, many people in South Africa do not comply with the law, which is downright stupid, AND it also seems to be poorly enforced by traffic authorities.

However, I strongly suggest you comply, not the least of reasons being:

Safety First, and "better safe than sorry"!

Remember, ideally, for best protection, the child seat should be in the back , and face backwards, if possible, away from airbags.

Enjoy your tour



SABS means:

South Africa Bureau of Standards

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2. Re: What is the law regarding Infant Car Seats in S.Africa?

I agree with Gavin, rather be safe than sorry and support the SABS.

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3. Re: What is the law regarding Infant Car Seats in S.Africa?

As has already been said, unrestrained children risk injury and death during a crash, regardless of regulations.

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4. Re: What is the law regarding Infant Car Seats in S.Africa?

Hi ShanghiMichelle

If you have your own car seat then bring it with you as your child would be used to it and it will be the correct size for the child.

If you hire a seat check that it has been maintained in the correct way so that it is not defective.

If your tour operator provides a child seat then also check that the seat has been safety checked regularly and is covered by the passenger liability insurance.

Having said that "It is your child" and no amount of compensation can replace the child.

Safety First

5. Re: What is the law regarding Infant Car Seats in S.Africa?

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