Under Finnish law, children under 135 cm in height must wear a safety device determined by their weight when riding in a car.

Not on your lap

Having a child on your lap while riding in a car is dangerous. In a collision, a child held by a passenger without a seatbelt will be squeezed between the car’s interior and the person holding him or her. If the child on the lap is secured by the same seatbelt as the person holding him or her, the child will be squeezed between the seatbelt and the person.

Rear-facing seats

Rear-facing infant seats and baby carriers are the safest option for small children. They provide the best possible support for the child’s head and neck in a collision.

It is recommended that children be seated in a rear-facing child safety seat as long as they fit in it, or at least until three years of age. Not having sufficient room to straighten the legs is not harmful to a child, and should not be seen as a reason to switch to a front-facing seat earlier than recommended.

Rear-facing infant seats and baby carriers must not be installed in a front seat equipped with a passenger-side airbag. The inflating airbag may cause fatal injuries to a child.

After the child safety seat

After a child safety seat, children should be seated in a booster seat and secured by a seatbelt. The tension of the lap belt must be set appropriately and the upper belt section must be secured across the shoulder. This helps prevent head injuries in particular. The upper belt section must not go under the arm or behind the back.

At approximately ten years of age, children can use seatbelts like adults do. The example set by parents is a significant factor in seatbelt use: children will use seatbelts if they see their parents wearing them.

All child safety devices must be have E approval. The E approval system is a pan-European standard.

When buying a child safety seat, take into account the child and the car in which it will be primarily used.