New Car Seat Law

20 Mar 2017

Helping your child to be safe on roads

As of March 2017, the law regarding child seats has changed. However, many parents have been left confused as to what the changes mean and how it affects them.

This is why we have teamed up with Brake, the road safety charity, to let you know what the new law means and why it is so important to use the right child seat and make sure you’re all buckled up before setting off!

Manufacturers are no longer allowed to develop booster cushions or backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg. This is because a backless car seat offers much less protection in the event of a collision. These new regulations will not affect existing models of booster seats, and those currently in use that meet the pre-2017 standards can still be used.

It basically means parents should pay close attention to manufacturer’s labels and instructions when purchasing a booster seat, ensuring that it is appropriate for the child’s height and weight and adheres to the new legislation.

In 2015 11 children under the age of 12 were killed and 200 seriously injured while travelling in cars. There was a total of 5,093 child casualties.

 Never hold a child in your arms in a vehicle - use a modern child seat suitable for their size and weight until they are 150cm tall

 Buy one with the United Nations E mark or BS Kitemark. Don’t use second-hand

 Follow the fitting instructions exactly. If possible, fit the seat in the middle of the back of your car. If you need to use a taxi, use one you can fit your baby seat into

 Ensure your child and all passengers are buckled up before every journey – that includes you too!

Visit brake.org.uk/families for more advice about keeping your child safe.

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