The majority of parents are unaware of the rules concerning child car seats – and may inadvertently be breaking the law – a new survey suggests.
84% of respondents to the RAC survey, which questioned 1,000 parents with children aged under 10 years, were not aware of the legal height a child had to be to ride in a vehicle without a car seat.
The percentage rose to 94% among parents aged between 16-24 years.
Since March 2017, manufacturers have been unable to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.
Prior to that, children who weighed as little as 15kg could use backless booster seats.
The RAC survey also shows that 60% of parents don’t know the maximum fine for incorrect use of a car seat, while 79% did not know how many different car seat groups there were.
44% of drivers said they drove slower since becoming a parent and 36% said temper tantrums were the most annoying thing about travelling with a child.
A spokesperson for the RAC said: “Laws concerning child seats were updated in March last year and now several booster cushion style car seats are considered unsuitable.
“It’s essential for the safety of children that parents understand what these guidelines are and choose the correct seat for their children to travel in.
“Children up to the age of 12 must travel with a car seat, unless they are 135cm tall. Fitting an incorrect seat for your child could result in a maximum fine of £500.
“We created a new calculator to ensure parents don’t get caught out by these relatively new rules and give their children the best protection they can whilst travelling in their vehicle.”