Drivers are responsible for transporting children under the age of 14 in conformity with the law.
Every child has to have a seat of its own.
Drivers are responsible for securing children under the age of 14 who are shorter than 135 cm in suitable child restraint systems (e.g. baby seats, child seats, booster seats). If a passenger is under the age of 14 and 135 cm or taller, the driver must make sure that he/she wears a seat belt; although it is recommended to use a child restraint system if shorter than 150 cm.
A 13-year-old child who is 140 cm must wear a seat belt.
Child seats are also allowed on passenger seats. Passenger seats that are equipped with a front air bag which is active may only be used with child restraint systems that face forwards. A child restraint system that faces the rear may only be used on a passenger seat equipped with a front air bag if the air bag has been turned off or if it turns itself off automatically.
Failure to comply with the regulations governing child restraint can not only result in a fine, but also in a demerit point [Vormerkung] under the demerit points system [Vormerksystem]. Two demerit points within two years result in a compulsory measure such as a course about child restraint.
Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology