In line with the new changes approved by Royal Decree 667/2015 of July 17, which entered into force on October 1, 2015, children must travel in cars as follows:
In vehicles with up to nine seats, including the driver's seat, children 135 cm or less in height must travel in the back seats, secured by an approved restraint system appropriate to their size and weight.
There are only three exceptions to this regulation:
- If the vehicle does not have any back seats.
- If all the back seats are occupied by other children with the respective restraint system.
- If restraint systems cannot be installed on those seats.
In addition, the new amendment makes it compulsory to use the restraint system in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications, as indicated in the instruction manual, brochure or any other user guide.
Furthermore, in the case of children occupying front seats in a vehicle with front airbags, rear-facing restraint systems may only be used if the airbag has been deactivated.
With regard to infractions and fines, the failure to install or use safety belts and other child restraint systems will be treated as a major or serious infraction.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Both Fundación MAPFRE and the Spanish General Directorate of Traffic recommend use of an approved restraint system adapted to the child's weight and size for all children under 150 cm in height. Thereafter, the vehicle safety belt must be used.