It’s easy to see why the new car seat law has caused some confusion for parents. “To booster cushion, or not to booster cushion?” seems to be the frequently asked question.
The safety of our kids when travelling in a car is paramount and as parents we all want to make sure we are complying with the law in order to keep our little ones safe.
So, what exactly do the new regulations mean?
First thing's first, if you currently have a booster cushion, don’t panic! You can still use them and will not be breaking the law if you continue to do so after the rule change which became effective on February 9, so there is no need for you to buy a new booster seat.
However, the new rules do mean that manufacturers will no longer be allowed to introduce new models of booster cushions for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg (roughly aged 4-6 years old), although you may still find older models which comply with the previous regulations on sale in some stores while they are phased out. Babies and infants still need to be carried in rearward-facing baby seats.
Our advice is simple – and will not change when the new rules come in – high-backed booster seats are a better option than backless booster seats (booster cushions). This is because they offer more protection against accidents, particularly in side impacts.
If buying a booster cushion, take extra care to read the manufacturer’s labels and instructions to make sure that you have the appropriate seat for your child.
If you are still unsure about which car seat is the best option, visit www.childcarseats.org.uk
You can also leave your comments and questions below and we will do our best to answer them.
Nick Lloyd, road safety manager
Posted: 2/16/2017 11:39:29 AM