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Reminder about the changes to car seats

A quick reminder that new rules came into force on 1st March.

Make sure you are up to date with the new legislation.

Under new regulations, manufacturers aren’t allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.

This is because a backless car seat offers much less protection in the event of a collision.

The rules, being brought in across Europe, will change how backless booster seats (booster cushions) are made.

The change doesn’t affect existing models of seats or cushions and doesn’t mean that they are unsafe or illegal.

However, the Department for Transport advises that parents know the rules for using child car seats.

Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first.

Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt.

After this they must then use an adult seatbelt, according to the new rules.

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