The DfT confirmed on 22 February that it has been notified by the UN that new rules for manufacturers of backless booster seats apply from 9 Feb 2017.
The new rules mean that manufacturers are no longer permitted to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.
Earlier this month, the DfT moved to clarify the new legislation, confirming that the new rules do not affect existing booster seats and cushions, and that the new law doesn’t mean that existing seats and cushions are ‘unsafe or illegal’.
However, the DfT release did say that the change to the technical standards means that going forward the range of products available on the market will be better suited for younger children.
Existing UK law states that all children travelling in a car must use the correct car seat until they reach 12 years of age or 135cm in height. In some European countries the height limit is 150cm.
This means that, despite a number of child car seat experts raising concerns over the issue, children weighing as little as 15kg – that’s around three years old – can travel in a backless booster seat.
The Government is encouraging parents to make sure they know the rules for using child car seats. Road Safety GB specialists with regard to child car seats are available to provide advice – their contact details can be found here.