If you’re visiting Spain and plan on hiring a car, then you need to remember that like the UK, Spain has strict laws concerning the use of seat belts and car seats. EVERYONE in the vehicle must wear a seat belt at all times, and children have to be in the correct safety seat for their age and height.
Unlike the UK, where children need to be over 135cms or over 12 years old, in Spain children need to be over 135cms tall
and over 12 years before they can travel without a car seat. EDIT (9th June 2014): Now children only need to be over 135cms to travel without a car sear in Spain too, due to the last changes in the traffic law.
Furthermore, anyone who does not meet these criteria is forbidden to travel in the front seat of the vehicle.
There is a certain amount of overlap with the seat groups, but to help you choose the best car seat for your younger passengers, here’s a summary of the car seats rules for each age.
Babies up to 18 months – weighing up to 13 kg in rear facing seats – Groups 0 and 0+
Younger infants should be facing away from the direction of travel, with straps running securely over each shoulder and fastening between the legs.
Infants from 18 months to 4 years – weighing between 9 – 18 kg in forward facing seats – Groups 1 and 2
Older infants can face the direction of travel, but only directly behind one of the front seats – not in the central rear seat. They feature similar fastenings to the Groups 0 and 0+.
Children from 3 to 12 Years – weighing between 15 – 36 kg in a booster seat – Groups 2 and 3
This group of seat covers a wide age range, as they often convert from a fully supportive seat into a straight-forward -booster cushion for the older child. Both use the fitted seatbelts in the car, but Group 2 seats are designed for children who aren’t ready to sit unsupported on a standard Group 3 booster. Only move your child to a Group 3 seat when they are comfortable with the change and are over 22kg.
Children over 135 cms tall
Older children should remain on a booster seat until they are over 135cms tall. The seatbelt should comfortably cross over the shoulder without touching the neck.
As it’s a legal requirement for children in all cars, all of our AurigaCrown rental partners will be able to rent you a car seat when you collect your vehicle. Please specify on your booking if you require one, and prices may vary. If you’re booking with us directly in Malaga, you can find further information about our additional item rates on our conditions page.