RALLI SOLICITORS LLP CLARIFIES THE NEW LAW ON CHILD CAR SEATS
On 1 March 2017 new rules are being introduced across Europe that will change how backless booster seats (booster cushions) are made.
The new rules mean that manufacturers aren’t allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.
EXISTING SEATS ARE NOT AFFECTED BY NEW RULES
The change doesn’t affect existing models of seats or cushions and doesn’t mean that they are unsafe or illegal – though parents are still being encouraged to make sure they know the rules for using child car seats.
The change to the technical standards means that the range of products available on the market are better suited for younger children.
Backless car seats bought before the law changes can still be used after the new regulations come into force as it will only apply to new products appearing on the market.
The new rules are being introduced because many experts think backless booster seats are unsuitable for young children.
Children must normally use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cms tall whichever comes first.
Height based 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 chair seat when he/she is over 15 months old.
You must check the seat to make sure it is suitable for the height of your child.
Only EU approved height based child car seats can be used in the UK, these have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘R129’.
Only EU approved weight based child car seats can be used in the UK and these have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’.
You must also deactivate any front air bags before fitting a rear facing baby seat in a front seat and not fit a child car seat in any side facing seats.