Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or just doing your part in the school lift share, you need to understand the legal requirements of the child car seat. Otherwise, you may face a possible fine if you don’t obey the law in the future. When the time comes, you will need to replace the child car seat from the booster seat to the new high back seat.
The new law was supposed to come into effect this year. Now it has been delayed until next March 2017.
Why is the child car seat changing?
If you have children over the age of 3, you would have thought of getting a booster seat. But research has made it apparent that these have little to no effect in a crash. Safety experts have exaggerated the fact that these booster seats are like sitting your child on a cushion.
What will happen if I don’t change my child’s booster seat?
If you do not change your booster seat will be fined £100 but it could be as much as £500.
What about my old booster seat?
Backless booster seats can now only be used under the new law if the child is taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.
What child car seat should I buy?
It is now the law to use a high back seat as shown below. Many parents believe that the backless booster seats offer the same protection as these high back seats. However this really is not the case. The high back seats offers far better protection by supporting the head and keeping the child in the correct position.
What do you need to know?
With few exceptions, all children under 12 years old and under 135cm in height must use an appropriate child restraint when travelling in any car or goods vehicle.
Rear-facing baby seats must not be used in seats with an active front air-bag.
Since May 2009, if seat belts are provided, you can’t carry more people in the rear than there are seats fitted with belts.
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