Sunday 4 December 2016

New child car seat law will see the backless booster being banned for smaller children

Sasha Brady

Published 27/04/2016 | 11:35

Child safety seats
Child safety seats

A new law in the UK will ban booster seats for small children in a bid to save lives. - should Ireland follow suit?

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The law, which will be implemented in December, will only allow the use of backless booster seats for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg

At the moment, children weighing as little as 15kg can travel in backless booster seats.

This means that, currently, children as young as three-years-old can travel in the seats.

The reason for the change is that backless booster seats do not provide enough protection and support for young children but, unfortunately, are much more affordable.

UK consumer rights watchdog Which? described them as “temptingly cheap to buy”.

Child seat experts have argued that high-backed booster seats are safer and it is worth paying extra in order to keep young passengers.  

Which? expert Lisa Galliers said: “A decent high-backed booster seat provides better protection in a front crash, as they're designed to guide the adult seat-belt across the child's body properly, and our crash tests prove they offer much more protection in a side-impact crash that a backless booster seat alone."

The new rules will only apply to new products appearing on the market, so parents using a booster seat now will still be able to do so without breaking the law.

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