New booster seat ban will come into force at end of the 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.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 5th May 2016, 9:43 am
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2016, 10:46 am

Under current UK law, all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.

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 experts say that this type of booster seat is unsuitable for such young children.

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This is because a small child isn’t held as securely in the seat, the adult seat belt isn’t guided across their little body in the best way, and, most importantly, a booster seat offers no protection for a child if your car’s involved in a side-impact crash.

The new rules will be enforced from December.