Child car seat regulations changed on March 1 – here’s what you need to know about the 2017 law change
- 14:00, 19 MAY 2017
- Updated 14:05, 19 MAY 2017
The law regarding booster seats for children changed on March 1.
The change doesn’t affect existing models of seats or cushions and doesn’t mean that they are unsafe or illegal.
However, the Department for Transport advises that parents know the rules for using child car seats.
Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt.
After this they must then use an adult seatbelt, according to the new rules.
Under the new regulations, backless booster cushions available for sale will only be approved for children over 125cm or weighing more than 22kg and they will be clearly labelled as only suitable for children over that height and weight.
- Conform to the United Nations standard, ECE Regulation 44.04 (or R 44.03) or to the new i-Size regulation, R129. Look for the ‘E’ mark label on the seat.
- Be suitable for your child’s weight and size
- Be correctly fitted according to the manufacturer’s instructions
- Be in a safe condition
Road Safety Wales recommends that using a second-hand child restraint is avoided, Ms Storch said.
You cannot be certain of its history (it may have been involved in collision) and even if it looks fine, it may have internal damage that is not visible to the naked eye.
Parents have been confused over the new rules since they were first announced last year.
And only 13% of parents know the correct details of the new rules being introduced on March 1.
However, changes to the law may be welcomed by just under half (46%) of parents who believe booster seats with backs to be safer than backless boost seats.
New child car seat law