Booster seat ban for younger children

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Backless booster seats will be banned for younger children under new rules being introduced later this year.

Stricter rules regarding the use of booster seats will come into force later this year limiting the use of backless booster seats to older children.

Under current UK law, all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat until 12 years old or 135cm tall. In some European countries this height limit is 150cm.

Under the new rules, backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.

At the moment, children weighing as little as 15kg, that’s around three years old, can travel in backless booster seats. But many child car seat experts agree that this type of booster seat is unsuitable for such young children.

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While booster cushions are a belt positioning device, they are simply designed to lift your child up enough so that the adult seat belt restrains them correctly. They do not offer any additional protection.

They don’t pass a side impact test because they do not have a back and side wings to cushion a child from the force of a collision, and they do not place a child near the vehicle’s side impact protection.

The new additions to the child car seats regulations should come into effect in December 2016, but will only apply to any new products appearing on the market.

So parents looking to buy a booster seat next year should start to see that they’re not approved for use with children under 125cm and 22kg.  Parents who have a booster seat now will still be able to use the seat without breaking any rules.

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