New law on backless booster car seats starts on March 1
A new law on backless booster car seats (booster cushions) comes into force on March 1.
It means manufacturers will not be allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.
Existing booster seats / cushions are not affected by the new rules and it doesn’t mean they are unsafe or illegal.
So, if you already have one and it complies with current R44 regulations, you will not be breaking the law if you continue to use it.
The change to the technical standards means that the range of products available on the market are better suited for younger children.
The council’s road safety team can help residents if they are confused about the new rules and also offer a free child car seat checking service.
During half-term week they will be at Tumble Fire Station on Wednesday, February 22 between 1pm and 4pm and Newcastle Emlyn Fire Station on Friday, February 24 between 11am and 3pm offering free child car seat checks, so if you have any questions on the new rules, or simply want to check if your car seat is fitted properly, please go along and see them.
The team have also put together this short video to explain the change.
The safest option is for your child to sit in a high-backed booster seat for as long as possible.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “Although the old rules allow very young children to sit on a backless booster seat or booster cushion, we would always recommend that children remain in a high backed booster seat until they are 135cms tall or at least 12 years old.
“The reason for this is that high backed boosters perform so much better in crash tests than backless boosters.
“If you are at all unsure about the correct car seat for your child please get in touch with our road safety team who can offer guidance and advice and can also check if your child’s car seat is fitted properly.”
If you are purchasing a new booster cushion from March you may be asked to confirm your child’s weight and height.
New products will be labelled with weight and height restrictions.