Definition of child restraint in US English:

child restraint


  • A device used to control and protect a child in a motor vehicle.

    • ‘Children under three years travelling in the front of any vehicle must be carried in an appropriate child restraint and an adult belt must be used.’
    • ‘Even on the shortest trip make sure everyone wears a seat belt or appropriate child restraint.’
    • ‘However, shield boosters, which are somewhat similar in design to low-back boosters, are no longer recommended as acceptable child restraint systems.’
    • ‘Surveys suggest ten percent of rear seat passengers aged under 13 do not use seat belts or child restraints as is required by law.’
    • ‘A spokesperson for the National Safety Council said surveys consistently showed that a high proportion of child restraints are incorrectly fitted.’
    • ‘He also reminded drivers that they have a legal responsibility to ensure passengers aged under 17 use a seat belt or, if aged under four, use an appropriate child restraint.’
    • ‘To help prevent crashes like the one in Oxford last month in which three teenage boys were killed in an overloaded car, it would also be illegal to carry more passengers than there are fitted seat belts or child restraints.’
    • ‘The Federal Aviation Administration says the safest place for a child in the event of turbulence or an emergency is not on your lap, but in an approved child restraint system.’
    • ‘However, selection bias tends to reduce the estimated benefit of interventions, such as child restraint, because those who are protected are less likely to be identified.’
    • ‘Tests carried out elsewhere in the country found that up to 70 per cent of child restraints were fitted incorrectly, and problems have been found with pushchairs, such as faulty brakes and loose wheels.’
    • ‘‘Parents and guardians should ensure that children sit in the rear of the car and use an appropriate child restraint for every journey, no matter how short,’ he said.’
    • ‘For a child aged three to 11 years, appropriate child restraint must be worn if available.’
    • ‘The safety board wants toddlers to have their own seats on flights so they're able to wear seat belts or be strapped in to child restraints.’
    • ‘It is illegal in the UK for a child under the age of three to travel in the front passenger seat without an appropriate child restraint; in the back seat, children must use an appropriate child restraint if there is one available.’
    • ‘Never place a rear facing child restraint in front of a passenger side air bag.’
    • ‘If an appropriate child restraint or seat belt is available in the front, but not in the rear, children between three and eleven and under 1.5m in height must use the front seat restraint or seat belt.’
    • ‘The latest statistics show that over 3,000 notices for seat belt offences have issued, including 265 for allowing persons under 17 years to travel in either front or back seats without wearing seat belts or child restraints.’
    • ‘Police will target speeding, drink drivers and people not using seat belts, child restraints or motorcycle helmets properly.’
    • ‘Seatbelts must be worn at all times and children under 12 years old are forbidden to travel in the front of the car without a suitable child restraint.’
    • ‘Unfortunately child restraint and seat belt use among adults and school children in the rear seat of cars in Ireland remains low.’


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