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Are backless booster seats illegal?

March 20th, 2017
Rebecca E.
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Are backless booster seats illegal?

READ ON FOR THE LATEST IN UK LAW CHANGES WITH CAR SEATS

No, it just means that new models of backless booster seats sold in the UK will only be suitable for children that are taller than 125cm or weighing more than 22kg. The Department of Transport Government website confirms that the new rules will not affect current models of backless booster seats that were bought previous to March 2017.

The new regulation is designed with your children's safety in mind therefore the safest option is for your child to sit in a high-backed booster seat for as long as possible, and certainly until they reach 22kg.

Will I be fined for using a booster cushion?

No. If you have a backless booster seat that you owned before the law changed, it is still legal.

The only time you 'may' be fined is only if your child is not the correct weight or height for that seat they are sitting in - so for example they are 14kg and using any type of booster seat, which has a minimum weight of 15kg stated on it.

Can I still use my backless booster even though my child is smaller than these new regulations?

Yes you can. Previously, booster cushions were sold as being suitable for children over 15kg (2 stone 5 pounds), which can happen between 3 to 4 years old. If you have one of these already and it complies with current regulations, you can still use it legally, even if your child isn't yet 125cm or 22kg.

However, the new regulation is designed to increase safety so your child will be safer in a high-backed booster seat compared with a backless booster. Therefore, the safest option is for your child to sit in a high-backed booster seat for as long as possible, and certainly until they reach 22kg.

Check out the gorgeous range of high back booster seats on offer at Kiddicare.

http://www.proudmummy.com/go/TmRs

Rebecca x

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