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To think car seats until 12 is a bit OTT?

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ConvenientTruth Sun 24-Jan-16 18:51:18

I just looked up the actual law on car seats. Here it is:

Apparently children have to use car seats until the age of 12.

Am I alone in thinking this is a bit ridiculous? Parents of 11.5 year olds, do you all truly honestly still use a car seat?

Waffles80 Sun 24-Jan-16 18:54:31

Yeah, attempting to make cars safer for children is totally OTT.


Noodledoodledoo Sun 24-Jan-16 18:55:05

It's 12 or 135cm - so guess if they are taller than this its not necessary - if they are shorter then they need something. Obviously been done based on height in safety tests and I would imagine majority of 12 year olds will be this tall.

This web page backs it up and looks like most would be out of them by 9 years old.

Howdoesironmanwee Sun 24-Jan-16 18:55:21

No, I don't think it's ridiculous, it's 12 or 135cm tall, whichever comes first. It's based on safety testing to do it size and neck strength. How hard is it to comply with?
Why wouldn't you want your child to be as safe as possible?

Noodledoodledoo Sun 24-Jan-16 18:55:32

ShadyMyLady Sun 24-Jan-16 18:55:35

My DD is 11yo, she's 138cm exactly and hasn't been on a booster for about 6 months. So no, she doesn't.

Hulababy Sun 24-Jan-16 18:55:42

Its not for all 12 year olds.

It is 135cm OR age 12.

And DD did stay in a car seat until she was 135cm, and for longer journeys it was always a high backed booster. She was a fair bit younger than 12 however.

Birdsgottafly Sun 24-Jan-16 18:55:46

They're not advocating a Car Seat, but a booster seat.

The seat belt not fitting correctly can cause bad injuries and strangulation.

twinkletoedelephant Sun 24-Jan-16 18:56:13

135cm or 12

Dd is 9 nearly 10 and is 145cm and is one of the smallest in her class. (She scraped through the height restrictions at Thorpe park smile
I don't know any parents who keep yjrm on a cat seat until 11 just 135cm.

Though I might make dt2 wait until dt1 is the correct height he is already 12cm taller than his 'big' brother :-)

ShadyMyLady Sun 24-Jan-16 18:56:40

But the only reason she doesn't is because the is taller than the 135cm she needs to be! Otherwise yes, she would be on one until the law states.

CountryRoadTakeMeHome Sun 24-Jan-16 18:57:30

Yes but not many nearly 12 year olds will be shorter than 135cm. My DS reached this height at 8.

Goingtobeawesome Sun 24-Jan-16 18:57:34

I had dc1 in a high backed booster until he was 12. Looking back he could have come out of it sooner as it looked a bit tight but he never moaned. Dc2 and 3 were out sooner as were tall enough (as was dc1) and I realised I'd been a bit pfb with dc1.

AppleSetsSail Sun 24-Jan-16 18:57:49

Completely OTT. My kids have been out of carseats since they were probably 7/8 years old or thereabouts.

MrsBobDylan Sun 24-Jan-16 18:59:26

I'm all for anything which helps people avoid injury/death in a car crash.

Adeleslostbeehive Sun 24-Jan-16 18:59:31

For me, the idea of a 12 year old
In a car seat, something I associate with young children, is quite... Not sure of the word. Embarrassing? I suppose I would feel underdeveloped at 12 needing a car seat. It would be awful on a journey with school friends to be the only one in one blush
So in that sense, yanbu. But I am
In my 30s, I'm sure When our children are older they'll think we were awful for not having child seats to adulthood or whatever they'll be doing then

AnnaMarlowe Sun 24-Jan-16 18:59:50

My 8 year olds are taller than 135cm, I would imagine that the majority of 12 year olds wouldn't need a seat long before their birthday.

OvO Sun 24-Jan-16 19:00:48

My 11 year old is still in a high backed booster. It's much more comfy as well as safer. Why wouldn't you keep using something that was safer?

Artandco Sun 24-Jan-16 19:01:08

I don't think it's ott. Ds1 is just turning 6, he is 123cm. I wouldn't feel happy with him out of one now, he was rear facing in a full 5 point harness until a year ago. He is now in a regular high back booster and I imagine he will fit another 4/5 years at least even if tall.

GlacindaTheTroll Sun 24-Jan-16 19:01:39

Age 12 or 135 cms, whichever comes first.

A girl on the 50th centile would reach 135 cms a bit before her 10th birthday.

But even those who are very short do not have to stay in child seats once at secondary school (a pragmatic interpretation of the age limit).

LBOCS2 Sun 24-Jan-16 19:01:45

DSS is almost 135cm and he's 8.6. It's a safety, not an age thing.

Artandco Sun 24-Jan-16 19:03:34

Mine use the Cybex solution seat. At 6 it's on the smallest adjusting height and adjusts both up and out as they grow.

It's for safety. Survey anyone would opt for a safer option if it's available

dementedpixie Sun 24-Jan-16 19:04:28

Ds is 9 and doesn't use a seat now as he is over the height limit

Savagebeauty Sun 24-Jan-16 19:05:14

Is this a new thing?
Mine were out of car seats by about 9.

dementedpixie Sun 24-Jan-16 19:06:53

It's not that new. It's age 12 or 135cm

Howdoesironmanwee Sun 24-Jan-16 19:07:21

artandco not true re safety would be chosen if available.
I was openly ridiculed and called cruel for keeping dcs rear facing until 4.

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