Child booster seat law - UPDATED Dec 2016
Travelling with a toddler or a baby is tough. Don't go crazy because you don't understand the child seat law.
Cars are designed for adults but need to be adapted to fit your kids
What does the law say?
- All children under the age of 12 or under 135cm (whichever comes first) have to be seated in a car seat or a booster seat.
- You cannot fit a car seat on a side-facing seat (forget about the limo!)
- The child must be marked with the EU standards certification and legal to use (see below):
The law also expresses a particular case.
Children over 3 can travel without a seat if:
- the journey is short
E.g.: You need to take your child to the hospital/GP urgently. Don't think it will be ok to go to Sainsbury's.
Currently, two standards co-exist:
- The ECE R 44/04 standard
- The i-Size standard
Both of them are equivalent, however, the i-Size standard seems to protect more from lateral shocks
DECEMBER 2016 UPDATE!!!
Tight new rules on booster seats
As of December 2016, strict new rules on the use of car seats will come into force, limiting the use of backless booster seats for older children. The use of booster seats has always been controversial, with many stockists and experts claiming that they provide no protection for the child during a crash situation.
Under current UK law, all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat until 12 years old, or 135cm tall. However, under the new rules, backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. However, safety experts recommend you use a child car seat for all children under 150cm.