Child car seat alarms now compulsory in Italy

Anti-abandonment alarms on children's car seats required by Italian law.

Italy has introduced a new law obliging parents of small children to fit alarms to their car seats to prevent babies being abandoned in cars.

The law, which came into force on 7 November, was introduced after several cases of babies or small children dying in hot cars after being accidentally forgotten and left inside by their parents.

The so-called save-baby car seats, which set off an alarm if the child is left alone in the car, are now obligatory for all children up to the age of four.

Motorists who fail to respect the law face fines of between €81 and €326 as well as losing five points off their driving licence.

Parents are being advised to either buy new car seats equipped with anti-abandonment devices or to purchase alarms to fit to existing seats.