Change in child car seat law delayed until next year.
NEW laws banning traditional car "booster" seats for younger children have been delayed until next year.
Changes had been expected to come into law at the end of this year - and would see children below 123cm and 22kg banned from travelling in backless car seats.
However, the change in the law has been delayed until at least next March - and, even then, parents who have already bought a seat before the change will be able to still use them.
Currently, children weighing as little as 15kg - around three years old - are allowed to travel in cars while sitting on a backless booster seat.
The rules state they must stay in the booster seat until they are 12 years old, but new laws are set to be introduced after experts claimed the type of seat is unsuitable for smaller children.
When the new law comes into place, backless booster seats will only be approved for use for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.
At the moment, children weighing as little as 15kg - around three years old - can travel in backless booster seats.
However, many child car seat experts agree this type of seat is unsuitable for young children, as they do not hold them as securely as possible.
Experts say that the adult seat belt isn't guided across their little body in the best way, and, most importantly, a booster seat offers no protection for a child if your car is involved in a sideimpact crash.
Backless carseats are temptingly cheap to buy - ranging from PS6 to PS30, and satisfy the current law. However, a recent report by Which Magazine showed that they were less safe than a high-backed booster seat, which might be more expensive, but have been found to be safer.
Which? child car seat expert, Lisa Galliers said: "A decent high-backed seat provides better protection in a front crash, as they're designed to guide the adult seat-belt across the child's body properly, and our crash tests prove they offer much more protection in a sideimpact crash than a booster seat alone."
Change in law will ban booster seats for young children
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 5, 2016|
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