Booster seats explained

November 28, 2016

UPDATE: New approvals rules for backless booster seats look set to come into force before March 2017, and not December 2016 as originally expected. Under current UK law, all children travelling in a car must use the correct child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall. In some European countries this height limit is 150cm. However, a committee of European safety experts has voted to amend the approval rules for backless booster seats (sometimes called booster cushions), under the R44 regulation, to limit their use to children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. The regulations will apply to new products entering the market.

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A new law comes into place around December (date to be confirmed) that changes the rules on Children’s car booster seats.

It’s important as a parent or nanny with children that you are aware of the change and what it means.

These new rules only allow children that are taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg to be able to use a Booster seat purchased or manufactured as new from around December 2016. Please check the government website for this new law release date here:

Here is a list of things to remember when buying a new Booster seat

  1. Ensure it is high back;
  2. Ensure it has head protection;
  3. Ensure it has shoulder protection;
  4. Make sure that there are red guides to feed seat belt through;
  5. Choose a seat with Isofix fitting if your car has Isofix points (this stops the seat “swaying”, fixing the seat to the vehicle).
  6. Don’t be distracted by character design/colour;
  7. Avoid buying online, visit a retailer where expert advice can be given, and you can try the seat in your car with the help of an expert fitter.

Current law states that all children must use a booster seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall. This law will stay in place for Booster seats purchased prior to the change in law.

The new law is only for new Booster seats that have been manufactured and purchased after the expected December 2016 change. We strongly recommend that you switch to a high-backed booster seat for children aged 4-12 until your child reaches 125cm tall or 22kg. Recent research shows that a high-backed booster seat will offer a lot more protection for your child than the backless booster seat.

Further information about car seats and their use can be found on the ROSPA website here:

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