Those traveling to Japan with children and intending to drive must be aware of the laws governing child safety in automobiles.
Any child under the age of 6 must be restrained by a car seat, according to Japanese law. The recommendations are to use a rear-facing car seat until the child is 2 years old or 9kg (20lbs), a forward-facing car seat for children under the age of 4 and 18kg (40lbs), and a booster seat for children under the age of 8 and 36kg (80lbs).
If you are caught driving without a child seat and are caught, there will be no fine; however, you will lose one point on your driver's license.
When a child rides a bus or a taxi, they are not required by law to use a child car seat. If the child is unable to get into a car seat on the way to the hospital due to illness, injury, or an emergency, you will be exempt from having to put the child in a car seat.
The law also states that a child does not need to be in a car seat while being breastfed or changing diapers. It is strongly advised, however, that you stop the car somewhere and attend to the child's needs rather than when the car is in motion and the risk of injury is high.
Children should not be placed in the front seat of a car because there is a high risk of an airbag killing a child in the event of an accident. To reduce the risk, it is recommended that you move the seat back to its furthest position before installing a car seat in the front.
*Because airbags can kill little children, children should not ride in the front seat until they are in their teens.
Here's an infographic with a step-by-step guide to selecting a car set or booster seat.
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