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 do require a minimum of a booster or booster back car seat.
The younger children up to 2.5 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 13kg with the Isofix seat.
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.
We are so pleased with the response and use of our new family Car Rental opportunity from Malaga airport and the fact that we have been asked so many times whether we offer secure family holidays we at Tots Store have decided to put our expertise into providing our customers with a holiday experience of a life time.
As of 2018 we will be offering to our 1,000’s of families using Tots Store the opportunity of a family holiday in the sun with a unique service for both parents and the children whilst still offering our amazing baby equipment rental service and our NEW car hire service. There will be no better way to start your holiday on the Costa del Sol with Tots Stores trusted service.
Tots Store has superseded expectations during 2016 with the New car rental service that we offer and so far achieved many fantastic reviews (click here to see Reviews). We are aiming to achieve the same customer care with the holiday property rental service.
With our expertise and knowledge of the holiday property laws that have been introduced during this last year, we can advise you with the best direction on how to make your villa, town house or apartment legal for the 2018 family holiday trade. Once this procedure is complete you can take full advantage of advertising your property with us and allowing 1.000’s of families to view the properties you have to offer.
If you would like more information about Tots Store Family Shop, please contact us via email email@example.com or call (0034) 678 983 176
We have to write and inform you of the disgraceful behavior associated by the car rental companies regarding child car seats. This is not the first occasion that we Tots Store have been faced with the unacceptable situation of a client being stranded at the airport with NO car seat for their infant when booking via a car rental company.
It all starts with the online booking of your car rental for your holiday, whether you have chosen the company by choice or even followed links offered by the holiday and airline companies. You have to realize that the child car seats are not part of your contract of your car. The rental company have to supply you with the car you book or upgrade you if that vehicle is not available on collection, but your baby seat is only a provisional requirement at this stage! Upon your arrival to collect your vehicle and there is no seat available the car rental company will take no responsibility.
Again we have just witnessed the Walker family used Jet2 airline link to book a rental car with a well-known car rental company within Malaga airport. Once at the desk to pay for the car and collect the baby seat informed that no seat was available as it was probably released to another client before them, who had arrived with no child car seat. The reason behind this is that if you turn up at a car rental company desk with no car seat and there is one waiting, they will provide you with the next seat even if it’s for another reservation. This way they can charge their own ADR (At Desk Rate) which is normally much higher than an online price, better for the car rental company.
We were then contacted via information at the airport and now have a family with a rental car at the airport with NO child car seat and it’s totally illegal to travel in the vehicle with that child in no safety seat! Yes we did manage to deal with this problem late on a Saturday evening and supply the family with an emergency child car seat until we could sort the problem next morning.
Unfortunately we do not have an endless supply of child car seats to supply these big company mistakes at short notice. We are not based in the airport but do supply to the airport with a 100% success rate with the clients that use our services. Whether you choose to rent just products from us or use our linked car rental service with an impeccable 5 star review, we will always treat you as people NOT numbers!
Your holiday is a vital period of the year for the whole family and if you don’t want to gamble on the outcome you may want to start with us first!
“Brilliant service, especially having traveled with a toddler. When we found the right guy at arrivals, we sat down for 10 minutes and went over the details - then the car was ready and waiting with child seat already properly installed. Very friendly. No issues whatsoever, very happy to have found you guys! Thank you and see you again sometime!”
Excellent friendly, meet and greet service, even when our plane to Spain was delayed by an hour.
We ordered a hire car, Maxi Cosi car seat, travel cot and mattress. Hire car was brand new (even got a free upgrade) and the baby equipment was in excellent clean condition.
We went for this service as we didn't want our own baby equipment to be damaged in cargo, wanted to avoid long queues for hire cars (especially with a baby in hot weather) and didn't like the idea of unfair fuel policies.
With totstore the baby equipment was in excellent condition. Maxi Cosi products are high quality and light weight so we knew we weren't getting 'any old car seat' that may have inadequate safety credentials.
We were met at the airport arrivals with our names on a card. Paperwork was handled quickly, and the hire car was brought to the front of the airport. They even loaded our luggage for us and fitted the car seat.
We will definitely recommend to any friends or family travelling to Malaga and will use again if required next time.
We hired a 9 seater vehicle for our weeks holiday in Malaga. My experience was soured by the fact that we expected to get a meet and greet service at the airport -- we followed all the instructions that they sent us to do. However, when we went to the arrivals hall, the person who would have met and greeted us was nowhere to be seen. To make things worse, nobody picked up on the other side of the telephone number for Tots. This was incredibly frustrating when you are with very young kids who are crying and tired and you have paid a premium for this service. The person did eventually turn up 30 minutes late and shrugged his shoulders and said he was tending to another person. This was completely unacceptable. When I told the company about this, I was never given an apology, just excuse that our flight might have been experiencing problems in getting to the airport on time -- the whole point of giving them the flight number was that they can adjust to this! Atleast tell me in some way via email, text etc. Nothing. I will not be using Tots service again. Better to use a reputable company like Helle Holis or the traditional companies. Please also be aware that Tots do not run the car hire themselves -- they outsource it to a third-party (Tony's cars or something); another reason to go with a dedicated company for car hire. Too may points of failure here.
Fantastic service from Malaga airport we received a discount on a cash payment which was a great saving on the rental products we hired. They do except credit cards but we had no problem paying cash. We will definitely use them again.