Car Seat Laws in Italy

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Tots Holiday Advice and Tips: Car seat laws in Italy

Wherever you drive, the safety of all your passengers will always be a top priority – but it’s good to know that the law’s on your side too!

If you’re taking your own car to Italy the rules are very simple; children (and all passengers) must be secured according to UK legislation.

If you’re hiring or borrowing a car, the following checklist will help to avoid any unnecessary complications with the Polizia di Stato:

  1. All passengers must wear any fitted seat belts
  2. Children under 36 kg (97 pounds) or 150 cm (4 ft, 9 in) must use appropriate child restraints, as follows.
  • Babies weighing up to 4 kg (9 pounds), must be in a rear-facing car seat attached to the back seat.
  • If your child weighs less than 18 kg (39 pounds) they must use a child car seat.
  • If your child weighs more than 18kg (39 pounds), they can use a booster seat bringing them up to the right height to safely use the car’s fitted seat belts.

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Remember to reserve car seats when you book your hire car.
Trunki Boostapaks and Bubblebum seats are great for 4-12 year olds and can be taken with you easily.
Some airlines allow you to take a car seat with no extra charge.  For instance, Ryanair now allows you to take 2 pieces of infant equipment free.  This could be a buggy and a car seat for instance. Do check carefully with your airline as individual policies do vary.
Booster seats are not always available from hire car companies but can be bought locally.

Useful Links

Family Friendly Italy

Baby Friendly Holidays

Toddler Friendly Holidays

Wendy Shand
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  1. Avatar
    Pawel Jankowiak
    April 25, 2017 / 10:47 am

    18 kg = 39 pounds

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    Stephanie Bradburn
    June 12, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Will my 10 yr old need a booster seat?

    • Avatar June 13, 2016 / 6:26 am

      Hello Stephanie, If your child is less than 150cm tall, then a suitable seat / booster is required.

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