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How to activate a child lock in your car - AA Ireland How to activate a child lock in your car - AA Ireland

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How to activate a child lock in your car - AA Ireland

Published 17th January 2022Read Time 6 min

If you’re doing the school run, becoming familiar with the child safety locks in your car may be a good idea.

Every parent knows that children are prone to becoming restless, particularly when travelling in the back seat. Therefore, it’s best to err on the side of caution and activate the child locks in your car. Child safety locks tend to be built into the rear doors of most cars and are used to prevent rear seat passengers, particularly little ones, from opening the doors both during transit and while the vehicle is stationary.

Where is the child lock in a car?

They’re generally easy to activate once you know how to. Most child car locks can be activated via a small switch on the edge of the door that is only accessible when the door is open.

Can’t see the child lock?

Every car is different, and some cars implement their child lock control as a rotary mechanism which can only be operated with a key. In some newer models, the child lock can be activated electronically from the driver position via a door control unit. It’s best to dig out your car manual from the glove compartment and familiarise yourself with your car’s child safety features. It only takes a few minutes and will give you that extra peace of mind, especially if you bring several kids to school.



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At the AA, we understand that your family’s safety is a top priority. That’s why we go the extra mile to provide comprehensive car insurance coverage, including protection for your little ones. Whether it’s the school run or a family road trip, we’ve got you covered.