According to recent reports the child car seat laws in the UK are set to change later this year, so how will this affect your family?
The rules being changed relate to the banning of backless booster car seats for younger children.
Currently, children can use backless car seats from the age of three, or from the time they weigh 15kg. The child car seat laws will change this, meaning children will now have to be at least 125cm tall, and weight at least 22kg. For more information, go to Joye Law Firm.
Research has shown that backless booster seats serve the purpose of positioning your child higher in the seat so that the seat belt will work effectively. However, they do not provide added protection for children of the currently advised age, unlike booster seats with a back, which stabilise and protect children to a much greater extent.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: These new rules will only apply to new products on the market after December 2016. If you are buying a new car seat next year you will see that they won’t be approved for us of children under 22kg and 125cm.
Parents who already have a booster seat will be able to use it without breaking any rules.
Child car seat laws
- Safety experts recommend that you use a child car seat for all children under 150cm/4ft 11in. This height is the legal requirement in Ireland and also some European countries, such as Germany and France.
- Children under three must be in a child car seat. If there’s no room for a third child seat in the back of your vehicle. Children aged three or under can use the front seat but they must be in a child car seat.
- You can’t take children under three on an unexpected journey in a vehicle without a seat belt or the correct child car seat. The only exception to this rule is if it’s in a licensed taxi or minicab and the rear seats are separated from the driver by a fixed partition and the child travels on the rear seats.
- If you ignore the law you are liable to a find of £500 if you go to court.
These changes are set to be implemented in December 2016, so although there are still seven months until then, spread the word to your fellow parents and families today by sharing this article on Facebook and Twitter.