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AIBU to say the new booster seat law totally confuses me?

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CharlieDimmocksbosoms Tue 31-Jan-17 18:11:47

Just that really. I know from April the law changes on what age/weight/height child can use a booster seat but can someone clearly explain it for me please?

BikeRunSki Tue 31-Jan-17 18:13:16

I'm confused too.

SorrelSoup Tue 31-Jan-17 18:17:16

Can you provide a link please? I'm just about to buy new seats shock

LurkingQuietly Tue 31-Jan-17 18:18:06

Oh god, watching with interest and hoping someone more intelligent than me wanders past.

NeedsAsockamnesty Tue 31-Jan-17 18:18:12

Previously a 15kg 3yo could use a none backed booster seat the change means that a child under 125cms and something like 22kg will have to use a high backed booster instead.

GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer Tue 31-Jan-17 18:18:55

Basically if you're going to buy boosters make them high back boosters I think

divafever99 Tue 31-Jan-17 18:19:40

Watching with interest someone told me it only applies to new seats you are buying and you can continue to use existing ones but I'm not sure this is true.

SorrelSoup Tue 31-Jan-17 18:19:48

Oh right. I thought it was high back booster seats all round now. I knew that! Relief!

NeedsAsockamnesty Tue 31-Jan-17 18:20:08

So this is not suitable for a child under 125cms and 22kg

NeedsAsockamnesty Tue 31-Jan-17 18:20:51

That is at least assuming the kiddy care website is correct

wigglesrock Tue 31-Jan-17 18:21:23

Yes its not applied retrospectively as far as I know - so backless booster seats will stop being manufactured and sold but existing ones can still be used.

mamalovebird Tue 31-Jan-17 18:22:43

Under 125cm, booster seat needs to have a back support thingy.
125-135cm/12years old - plain (ie. non-backed) booster seat will do.

Quartz2208 Tue 31-Jan-17 18:23:18

It's a change for manufacturers and sellers, so as from march you could not buy a backless booster for a child that does not meet the requirements so over 22kg and 125cm.

Any car seats you currently own are fine so in theory can still use them.

If you are buying ones now would buy high backed boosters.

mamalovebird Tue 31-Jan-17 18:23:34

needs correct - not suitable for under 125cms. You will need a back support

StealthPolarBear Tue 31-Jan-17 18:26:08

But if they're stopping doing the backless ones what will people with children who are 130cm use?

BikeRunSki Tue 31-Jan-17 18:26:49

So - DS is 137 cm but only 8 years old. Does that mean he can travel without a car seat of any kind?

StealthPolarBear Tue 31-Jan-17 18:27:12

I have a ds who is pretty much 135 and a dd who is pretty much 125. I know I can catry on with what I'm doing but what should I be using, by law?

BurnTheBlackSuit Tue 31-Jan-17 18:27:20

Needs- those seats are all fine for the under 125cm/ under 22kg child provided you buy them before April. It's only seats BOUGHT after April which will be affected by the law. How they will know when you bought the booster cushion though is beyond me. I assume ones bought after April will just say "only for children over 125cm and 22kg".

However, in practice for safety all children under 150cm should be in a highback booster, irrespective of when you bought their seat.

CharlieDimmocksbosoms Tue 31-Jan-17 18:27:26

Still a little confused. They are selling non back boosters in Halfords. Why if they can't be used come April? I'm not sure I know any self-respecting 12 year olds that would sit on one.

BurnTheBlackSuit Tue 31-Jan-17 18:30:09

By law, if your child is over 135cm and/or 12 or over, you don't need any kind of a seat.

However, safety experts recommend you should use one until they are 150cm.

StealthPolarBear Tue 31-Jan-17 18:32:22

So that law remains and dd who is say 126 would be expected to be in a high backed booster until 135?

Werkzallhourz Tue 31-Jan-17 18:34:12

However, safety experts recommend you should use one until they are 150cm.

I find this mildly amusing as I am only 152cm myself. grin

lionsleepstonight Tue 31-Jan-17 18:38:04

If you have a non back booster you can use post April. You won't be able to buy one post April.

BurnTheBlackSuit Tue 31-Jan-17 18:39:02

Stealth- no, just a booster cushion if she weighs over 22kg too.

SaucyDough Tue 31-Jan-17 18:40:50

Children who are over 135 cm or 12 years old whichever comes first don't need a booster seat of any description. However, it is recommended that they still use one until they are 150 cm as is the norm in continental Europe.

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