Thursday, 25 August 2016

New Booster Seat Regulations

While pregnant I always researched every single product before buying it. I love reading reviews and recommendations from other parents. Its one of the reason I started blogging and love the blogging world so much! One of the hardest things I found researching are car seats. There are so many laws, regulations you have to follow to keep your child safe. We all want what's best for our children and keeping them safe while travelling in a car is a top priority.

Did you know the law is about to change for booster seat rules?

The current law states that all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat appropriate to their weight or height. This is a must until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years in age – which ever they reach first. After this point, they must then use an adult seat belt.

When the new backless booster seat regulations come into force they will include making backless booster seats approved only for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. Backless booster seats don't offer the same protection for children as high-backed car seats. They don't provide the side protection, head support or threaded seat belt guides.

When the new law comes into play it will apply to new products that come onto the market. It will not apply to ones already in use that comply with safety laws. So you won't have to buy a new car seat to meet with the new laws as long as your old one complies with existing regulations, so you don't have to worry about breaking the new laws by using your old booster seat.

It is important to remember that a backless booster seat really doesn't offer much protection at all, especially if you are involved in an accident that involves side impact. Many parents may fear the cost of buying a new high back booster seat but it doesn't have to be expensive. Online4Baby have a wide variety of high back booster seats available at very reasonable prices.

It can be very confusing finding the perfect car seat for your little one and can take a lot of research. As long as it complies to the laws the style and design don't have to be the prettiest around. It just needs to be safe.

Does your child currently use a backless booster?

Nicola Xx


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