Changes to child car seat rules – what you need to know

1st December 2016

Changes to child car seat rules – what you need to know

New rules surrounding the use of car seats are set to come into force before March 2017, limiting the use of backless booster seats for older children.

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

But under the new rules, backless booster seats – sometimes called booster cushions – will only be approved for older children.

What are the new rules?

Under the new rules, backless booster seats or booster cushions will only be approved for use by children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. Currently children as young as three, or weighing 15kg, are able to use them.

Do I need to buy a new seat?

The new child car seat regulations will only apply to new products. This means that if you’re looking to buy a booster seat after the regulation change, you’ll see that they’re only approved for children over 125cm or 22kg.

If you’ve got an existing booster seat you will be able to use it without breaking any rules, but safety experts recommended you buy your child a high-backed booster seat, which offer more protection in a side-impact crash.

Backless boosters vs high-back booster seats

A backless booster seat are cheap to buy – about £6 to £30 – but experts don’t recommend them. High-backed child car seats are more expensive but they have been found to be safer.

According to Which? child car seat expert Lisa Galliers, “a decent high-backed booster seat provides better protection in a front crash, as they’re designed to guide the adult seat-belt across the child’s body properly, and our crash tests prove they offer much more protection in a side-impact crash than a backless booster seat alone”.

How can our criminal law solicitors help?

If you need advice on any matter relating to a driving offence or Criminal Law, our lawyers can help.

Our criminal law lawyers are well respected throughout Suffolk and East Anglia for our ability to minimise the impact and achieve a positive outcome for our clients.

To find out more, contact us on 01473 298140. We also have offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Melton and Woodbridge.

Blog Posts

Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings

30/01/2018

The right to a fair trial is one of the fundamental principles of a…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Inheritance Tax and Wills Planning Seminar

07/02/2018

What the seminar will cover... Inheritance Tax: - When does it apply; what are…

Read More
News Posts

Worrying rise in numbers of botched cosmetic procedures

21/02/2018

They were once the preserve of the rich and famous but in recent times…

Read More

Testimonials

"The friendliness of Sally Pryke making me feel at ease during the whole process"

- BV

"Always kept me informed of the progress"

- CP

"Helen Stuart was fantastic and I couldn't have asked for a better solicitor!"

- KM

"Everything was dealt with in a compassionate and friendly manner"

- AW

"Pat's service is always extremely efficient and very approachable"

- AO

"Relieved that I could leave you to deal with the legal aspect of my late husbands estate"

- DG

"We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and sticking with us. You have been amazing and showed a lot of patience when dealing with this case and all for no reward for yourself, thank you."

- Dean Kentfield

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

"I have used Tracey Hammond at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."

- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact.