I must have been living under a rock as changes to child car seat laws, specifically booster seats, are due to come into effect early next year and I didn’t know (they’d originally been scheduled for December 2016).
What’s changing with car seats?
Currently, by law, children in the UK must use the correct seat when travelling in a car until they are 12 years old (or 135cm tall). However, the new regulations will mean that the backless booster seats (that even my five-year-old twins are using and have been for at least a year) will only be approved for older children.
The new rules about backless booster seats aka booster cushions (there are two of these in my pic) means that their usage will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm who weigh more than 22kg.
Will you need to buy a new car seat?
The new laws will only apply to new products, so if you want to make a purchase after the changes you’ll only be able to buy a backless booster for kids over 125cm (or 22Kg). You’ll still be able to use existing backless booster seats after the regulation changes for children under 125cm or 22kg without being in any trouble. However, after reading up, high-backed booster seats are a safer option – with experts agreeing that booster seats are unsuitable for small children – so we’ll be changing in any case as we currently have one high back and two backless. However, getting three car seats wedged into the back seat of an estate or 4×4, let alone a standard-sized car, is going to be a tall order. Will let you know how we get on…
If you are thinking of making a new purchase, here are some stockists:
Kiddicare currently has highback boosters starting from £29.99
Mamas & Papas have a number of car seats on sale right now
and Halfords are offering 20% off ALL high back booster seats when you trade in any booster cushion (just use voucher code: Saferseat).