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child carseat laws in france

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child carseat laws in france

my wife and i are taking our 2 kids to disneyland for a few days in dec. and we're hiring a hertz car at beauvais airport,..according to there website childseats are compulsory for children under 11 and they charge a fee of 36 euros per seat which i think is pretty excessive considering the car itself is only 72 euros for 4 days..are the french police strict on this law?..i would never put my kids at risk but surely one child seat and my oldest strapped in back would be sufficient..

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1. Re: child carseat laws in france

A car seat is mandatory for children under 10 years old

The rule is very strict if the child is smaller than 1.10 meter; there is a tolerance for a child between 1.10m and 1.50m if the belt comes over the shoulder (and doesn't reach the neck)

Under 18 kilograms a full cat seat is mandatory, else the smaller type is accepted.

And yes, the rule is enforced.

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3. Re: child carseat laws in france

jkr - if you are booking seats with Hertz, make sure you confirm in writing with them the age and size of your kids.

We hired a car with Hertz in Heathrow in July 1999. I rang beforehand and specified that I needed a seat for a big child aged almost 3 years.

What I got was a seat suitable for a 3 month old baby, and which wouldn't have even fitted my daughter when she was that age. I had to go and buy a seat in Mothercare.

What we did when we were in France recently was use a big seat for the 6 year old and a booster seat for the 10 year old. We drove over so it wasn't an issue.

You could bring a booster seat with you for the older child and hire a car seat for the younger child.

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