A new survey suggests that nearly 90% of parents are ‘perplexed’ by the law around backless booster seats, more than a year after it was updated.
Legislation introduced in February 2017 means that manufacturers are no longer permitted to develop new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.
The rules do not affect existing booster seats and cushions, and do not mean that existing seats and cushions are ‘unsafe or illegal’.
According to a survey by Confused.com, the comparison site for drivers, 88% of parents are ‘perplexed’ by the law.
18% of respondents with children under the age of 12 years admitted they ‘never or rarely’ use a car seat for their child – with 28% confessing to driving while their child was not in a suitable car seat.
42% of those surveyed who have been in a collision while their child was in the vehicle admitted that their children were either not in a car seat or wearing a seatbelt at the time.
Confused.com says it is ‘concerning (that) parents are seemingly flouting the rules due to the complexity of the law’.
In an effort to bring clarity to the issue, Confused.com has created a child car seat calculator to help parents identify which car seat group their child belongs to, based on their age and weight.
Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says: “The car seat regulations introduced in February 2017 are still causing confusion among parents.
“Crash impact films show what a difference having the correct car seat can make to your child’s protection. And while the rules might be confusing, they are in place to make sure children are as safe as possible.
“Mums and dads who do not comply with the law risk fines of up to £500.”