Japanese car seat law?


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What is the law in Japan? From what I have read/heard all chlidren under 6 need to be restrained. But in what type of restraint i.e. is it one that can be from another country?


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A friend of mine is traveling in Japan next month with her toddler, and her travel agent has assured her that her current Britax convertible will be fine in Japan for short-term use. I am not usually inclined to view travel agents as child vehicle safety authorities, but neither she nor I have been able to find anything more informative on the internet yet.

I live in an ex-pat compound, and the Japanese families who arrived this year both have Combi seats for their infants and toddlers. One has an infant seat (I haven't found a way of saying, "Oh, can I play with your interesting Japanese car seat!" that doesn't make me sound like a weirdo neighbour) that has a base, and the other Combi seat is installed forward facing seat (I have no idea if it can also be used rear-facing).


New member
I read recently (online nothing official) in Japan ECE seats and US seats are legal to use so long as one gets them approved.


Senior Community Member
How on earth would you get them approved I wonder. I also read that their laws are really lax there and most of them are just thankful if you buckle your kids up.


Active member
Yeah, laws here are somewhere around 4 years. but they are not enforced. It's not a rare occurence to see a child standing in the backseat. But yes, they accept both us and european standard seats.

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