Change to the law about booster cushions

New regulations regarding the sale and use of booster cushions take affect on 9th February 2017. The new rules mean that manufacturers will no longer be allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats (booster cushions) for children shorter than 125cm and weighing less than 22kg.

This change does not affect existing models of seats or cushions; they will only apply to new booster cushions, not ones which are already in use and meet existing safety standards. So, parents who use old booster cushions will not be breaking the law if they continue to use them after the rule change. They will not be required to buy new booster seats to meet the rule change.

This change means that anyone buying a booster cushion should take extra care to read the manufacturer’s labels and instructions in order to ensure that the one they select is appropriate for their child’s use.

Types of Seat

It is very important to ensure that your child travels in an appropriate child restraint, which:

  • Conforms 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.
  • Is suitable for your child’s weight and size
  • Is correctly fitted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

There are many different types available. They are divided into categories, according to the weight of the children for whom they are suitable. These correspond broadly to different age groups, but it is the weight of the child that is most important when deciding what type of child seat to use. i-size seats are designed to keep children rearward-facing until they are at least 15 months old.

Many child seats cover more than one group and are adjusted as the child grows. They may be called combination seats, extended seats or multi-group seats. For example:

For a table giving information on types of seat and suitability – in line with the new law please click here:

Child Car Seat & Restraint Table

You can also find further information by following the links below:

Link to useful FAQ’s on car seats:

For more information try:

 

Information on Changes to Car Seat Laws