Important changes in the use of booster seats all parents need to know
Find out what you need to know about these new regulations
- …for use of booster seats
The use of backless booster seats for older children is to be limited later this year as stricter rules will be set in place.
Current law states that all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat until the age of 12 or they reach 135cm tall.
The current laws allow children weighing 15kg (around 3 years old) to travel in backless booster seats but this is set to be extended.
The new rules will state that backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.
The reason for the change is that a small child isn’t held as securely in the seat and the seat belt isn’t guided across their body in the optimum way. The real concern however is that a booster seat offers no protection for a child if the car they are travelling in is involved in a side-impact crash.
The new regulations are expected to be in by December 2016 and these regulations will apply to new products on the market and will say: “Not approved for use with children under 125cm and 22kg.”