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Child car seat safety in Spain

This is a quick requirement check for those families travelling to Spain and reserving the correct child car seat for their children. This guidance will advise you to follow the legal and safety regulations to keep your children safe in the vehicle while travelling in Spain on your holidays.

By not following the guidance below you could face fines (Multas) provided by the local authorities (Police of all divisions) depending on your situation. The officers can be lenient, but if they feel you have put your passengers or other road users at risk, you will face a fine at least!

No child under the age of 12 years should be sat in the front seats of the vehicle unless the other seats are occupied by younger children or objects i.e. the object must be larger than the boot space and require the use of the rear seating area of the vehicle!

Any child over the height of 135 cm (1.35 meters) does NOT require any booster or car seat!

Children under 135 cm (1.35 meters) and over the age of 4 years

Require a minimum of a booster or booster back car seat.

NO child car seat required for children over 135 cm in height!
Booster Back car seat
This is our recommendation for children under 135 cm and from approx. 5 years of age. Click image to access full details.

Children age from approximately 2 to 4 years

Depending on size should be in the Booster seat with 5 point harness or the same seat with the Isofix installation fixings. See the images below.

Booster seat with straps
Booster Seat with 5 point harness strap system for complete child safety from approx. 2 – 4.5 years
Isofix Group 1 and 2 car seat.
Booster Back with Straps and Isofix installation. For ages 2-4.5 years approx. Click image to access the car seat full details.
Younger children up to 3.5 years

Should be in one of the Group 1 car seats depending on your choice. These seats can be rear facing up to a certain weight approximately 10 kg with the seat belt seat and 18kg with the Isofix seat.

Group 1 car seat
Group 1 car seat for ages from 9 months to 2.5 years approx. depending on size of child. Click image to access more info.
Group 0123 Isofix car seat
Isofix Group 1 car seat for ages 9 months to 3.5 years(18kg) depending on size. Click image to access more information.
Babies from new born to 9 months

Should only be in REAR facing car seats. Our stock consists of the well known Maxi Cosi Group 0 car seat with the additional Isofix and none Isofix base to install in the vehicle. All images and links are explained below.

Maxi Cosi Group 0 baby car seat
Maxi Cosi Group 0 baby car seat. Click image to access more information.
Maxi Cosi Isofix rear facing car seat.
Maxi Cosi rear facing Isofix car seat and base unit for new born to 9 months. Click image for more information.

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Why not try our 5 Star car rental service from Malaga airport and start your holiday quicker than most other passengers!

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Are you renting baby seats with your car hire at Malaga airport?

baby car seat rental malaga

Important information that you must read!

If you have chosen to rent your baby car seats with the car rental companies in Spain via the comparison websites and some of the company websites, then you maybe in for a “big shock” with the following information.

Your car rental contract has NO inclusion with the child car seat rental! The car seat is an addition to the car rental.

For example: You have selected the car with some of the additional extras i.e, Sat Nav, Insurance waver and baby car seats.

On arrival to collect your vehicle, you pay the balance and obtain the keys. Now you ask for your child car seat?

These will be some of the excuses that you will be given if your seat is not available!

  • “I’m sorry sir/madam but we do not have any booking for your car seat”.
  • ” There are no available car seat today, but you can come back tomorrow”.
  • Or you may end up with what’s left…i.e. booster seat for a 8 month old baby!

Let me explain how they get away with this illegal problem that they put you in. There is no legal contract for the supply of the child car seat, ONLY the car. The company will do everything to make sure you complete the car rental contract, but the car seat may as well be your gamble when you arrive at the counter.


We have witnessed on many occasions families left stranded at the airport with NO child car seat that was pre-ordered with their car rental. What has normally happens is that somebody in front of them in the rent a car queue has left there car seat behind or the airline has lost it. The staff member takes the next seat from the stack and rents it to that client at the higher rental rate, with no consideration to the client that originally reserved it will now not receive there child seat!


This now places you in a situation of how to obtain a child car seat to be able to drive away from the airport legally, as Spanish law only allows taxi’s to make a one way journey and no children/babies have to be in car seats!

In four years Tots Store has never let a client down with our pre-ordered Child car seats and other products available from the website.

See our Car Seat clean and safety check list:-

  • Stripped and cleaned after every use.
  • Checked for safety defects.
  • Regularly updated stock.

Or you can take full advantage of our 5 star Car Renal Service with added Child Car seat installation assistance.

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