Changes in the Car Seat Law
Changes in Carseat Laws will come into effect as of December 2016.
Changes within the law now mean your child, or any other child passengers need to be secure in the car at all times.
Here are the gov.uk guidelines to help ensure you are within the law...
Using a child car seat or booster seat
Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first.
Only EU-approved child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle.
You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.
Height-based car seats
Height-based car seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old. Your child can use a forward-facing car seat when they’re over 15 months old.
You must check the seat to make sure it’s suitable for the height of your child.
Weight-based car seats
Weight-based car seats must be rear-facing until your child weighs more than 9kg. After that the seat your child can use (and the way they must be restrained in it) depends on their weight.
You may be able to choose from more than one type of seat.
Child’s weight Car seat
- 0kg to 13kg Rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat using a harness
- 9kg to 18kg Rear- or forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield
- 15kg to 36kg Forward-facing child seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seatbelt.
The Child Car Seats website has information on how to choose a car seat and travel safely with children in cars.
UPDATE 16th September 2016:
This information was sourced from the Government website which has not yet updated the new law.
As of December 2016 booster cushions will only be allowed for children aged 6 years, taller than 125cm or weighing 22kg+. This applies to NEW products only-if you are already using a booster cushion you do not need to purchase a replacement high backed booster seat but it is recommended.
Children need to be 4 years old to use a high backed booster with adult restraints. Under this they must use the harness.
Child’s weight Car seat
0kg to 13kg Rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat using a harness
9kg to 18kg Rear- or forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield
15kg to 22kg Forward-facing child seat, high-backed booster seat and harness (4-6 years)
15kg-36kg Forward-facing child seat, high-backed booster seat and adult restraint (6+ years)
22kg to 36kg Forward facing child seat, high backed booster or booster cushion using adult restraint (6+ years)
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