Child car seats

Below we’ll provide information on rules in different countries regarding baby car seats, child car seats and booster seats.

We recommend bringing your own child car seat to avoid additional costs and the uncertainty of not knowing what type of car seat the car rental firm uses. However, renting a child car seat from the car rental firm usually works more than well. We work only with reputable car hire companies that offer child car seats for children in all ages, at an additional cost. Prices vary between countries and firms, but it will typically cost between 6 and 11 pounds per day, although several car rental firms have a maximum price per car rental. A child car seat is always rented directly from the car rental firm at your destination, but we recommend reserving it in advance when booking the car.

Bringing your child car seat on the flight

Most airlines, e.g. Norwegian, allow you to take both a child car seat and a pram in addition to other checked baggage. SAS, however, considers a child car seat as a piece of luggage (at check-in). If you are travelling with children over 2 years old, you can usually bring the child car seat onboard for the child to use on the flight. Contact your airline to find out more about this. Keep in mind that there may be complications if your child car seat is rear-facing only.

Child car seat regulation in Europe

By EU law, children shorter than 135 cm must use equipment that is adapted to their size and weight. This can mean an infant car seat, child car seat, booster seat or booster cushion. It is also illegal to use a rear-facing car seat in the passenger seat if the airbag is not turned off. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers, and children over 135 cm can use a safety belt for adults.

Child car seat regulation in the U.S.

All U.S. states require the use of child car seats, but the details of the regulation will slightly vary. The most common rule is that children under 1 year must sit in the back seat and be rear-facing. A few states have the same rule for children under 2 years old. Many states require that children under 57 inches (144 cm) must use child car seats. Click here to get more information about each individual state.

Different types of child car seats

The information below is based on an average child car seat market. Some car rental firms and countries may have different variations. 

Infant car seats 0 – 13 kg

An infant car seat is usually placed in a rear-facing position. It is designed for infants up to 1 year old or under 13 kg. The seats are designed to protect the baby’s extra sensetive spine, ensuring good comfort and safety for neck, head and shoulders. They are usually secured easily by using the car’s 3-point safety belt, and are equipped with a carrying handle.

Child car seats 9 – 25 kg

Child car seats are used from 9 months to 4 years. They are usually rear-facing but can also be forward-facing. It is recommended to always use rear-facing child car seats approximately until the age of 4. They are often secured easily with the car’s 3-point safety belt, and have their own 5-point belt for the child. Child car seats have, among other things, high sides for safety during side collissions.

Booster seats 15 – 36 kg

Booster seats are always forward-facing and are recommended earliest from the age of 4. They often have thick and high sides around the child’s body and head for maximum safety in case of side collision.

Booster cushions 15-36 kg

A booster cushion is a more simple version of a booster seat and can be used earliest from 4-5 years. Booster seats are considered to be the safer option, but a booster cushion can still be a good choice for holidays.