Baby Company Supports The Child Car Seat Law In The Philippines

May 22, 2019

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Baby Company Executives with Joy and Edric Mendoza
On May 10, 2019, Baby Company along with Hyundai, hosted the country's biggest car seat caravan in the Philippines, the Buckle Up Baby.

The event helped to promote the implementation of Republic Act 11229 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act.  The car seat law in the Philippines was signed on February 22, 2019. This law would mean that children below 12 years old will be prohibited from sitting in the front seat of a vehicle.  The law will also require that a child be restrained unless they are at least 4.92 ft, and is able to use a regular seat belt.

This awareness campaign by Baby Company has truly helped more people understand what the law is and what makes it important.  As a parent, I'm extremely happy to see this law being enacted, especially at a time like this where road accidents are becoming more frequent.

According to Teresa Ponce of Baby Company, "The law is for infants and children, to lessen death and injuries. We aim to promote the use of child seats in motor vehicles". She also said that "The Baby Company will be here to explain child safety, for us this is a pledge to save the lives of children in the Philippines."

The Buckle Up Baby event also gave the spotlight of the top leading car seat brands in the country such as the following:

  • Graco
  • Chicco
  • Maxi-Cosi
  • Joie
  • Aprica
  • Picolo

Car seat in the Philippines is still something new for a lot of people and with the baby car seat law being signed and awaiting full implementation, we have to know everything we can about this law. Even non-drivers or car owners are advised to be familiar with it too.

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Edric Mendoza talking to Graco about car seats

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Joy Mendoza talking to Chicco about car seats

Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act Penalties

Should you be seen traveling with a child without the proper child restraint system (CRS) or car seat, these are the penalties you can expect from the baby car seat law:

First Offense = P1,000 fine
Second Offense = P2,000 fine
Third and Succeeding Offense = P5,000 Pesos and a 1-year suspension of your driver's license

More than those fines, any manufacturer, importer, distributor and retailer who sells an inferior CRS will be penalized by the law an will be asked to pay not less than P50,000 but not more than P100,000 for each product they were able to sell to the public.

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Graco Car Seats

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Joie Car Seats

General Guidelines For Car Seats

Here are some general guidelines for parents who want to make sure that they are properly using their CRS and are in accordance with the car seat law in the Philippines:

  • Infants and toddlers should be seated in a rear-facing position until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the manufacturer of the car seat.
  • Children who are seated in a forward facing position should be secured with the car seat harness.
  • Children should use their car seats for as long as possible and as allowed by the car seat limits for height and weight.
  • Booster seats are available for kids who have outgrown their car seats. Booster seats are used to make sure that they fit securely into the car seat belts.
  • The general rule is that all children below 13 years old should ride in the back seat for optimal safety.

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Picolo Car Seats

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Maxi Cosi Car Seats

Car Seat Law in The Philippines

We're way behind with this, and as a country dubbed as family oriented it's about time that we have the car seat law in the Philippines. While most people are still hesitant about getting one because of the cost, you should think about how you can't put a price on your child's safety. Don't debate yourself on the cost, get the right car seat for your child today.

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