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Brownowlahi Thu 13-Jun-13 21:05:42

One of my Facebook friends has just asked on fb if it is legal for her 7 year old to have the back taken of her boost seat. I am now concerned I have been putting my children at risk by not having backs on their booster seats. My 7 year old has been to tall for quite a while to have the back on, so just sits on the base (I think this is called a booster cushion?). But my nearly 5 year old boy who does still fit in his seat with the back on, sometimes just has a booster cushion when in our second car or out with his grandparents. I am getting conflicting advice from different Internet sites, so wondering if anyone can help me. Thank you.

ilovepowerhoop Thu 13-Jun-13 23:01:18

I really dont know. I have never used an isofix seat despite having isofix in the car.

5madthings Thu 13-Jun-13 23:02:31

Having gogledot seems you can get I fitted to some cars, depending on the manufacturer... It sounds a right palavaer.

I need to check, I dotn think ours has isofix, its eight years old, a citreon c8.

elemis Thu 13-Jun-13 23:08:08

I really don't understand this
A hbb offers more protection, why the rush to move to a booster?

Rowgtfc72 Fri 14-Jun-13 18:01:48

Just moved dd to a booster seat. Cant say Im a fan of them but she is very big for a five year old and we cant squish her shoulders under the high back seat anymore. She has a long back and if she sits without a seat at all the seatbelt still fits correctly but shes not legal for another six cm ! Shes not that far off the weight limit for either seat as well.
We did jam her in as long as we could though as I feel the high back seats are much safer.

ilovepowerhoop Fri 14-Jun-13 19:09:30

my dd is nearly 10 and still fits in her high backed booster so no way should a 5 year old be too big for one. Her hbb has an adjustable back and will still do her another wee while. She is legally the height to not to have to use a seat at all but as she is 9 i want to keep her in the hbb a bit longer. She has a maxi cosi rodi xr hbb.

ouryve Fri 14-Jun-13 19:12:48

We only use a booster cushion with DS1, who is only 9, but way too tall for a high backed booster, but not tall enough to use the seatbelt in our car without it cutting across his neck.

ilovepowerhoop Fri 14-Jun-13 19:16:12

I have just realised that dd is actually too heavy for the hbb and booster seats we have but is under the age of 10. Wonder if they are ok still to use if she fits in them?

smokinaces Fri 14-Jun-13 19:20:00

Ds1 is nearly 7 and over 130cm. He is still in a hbb. Just. Ds2 is 118cm and 5 and also in one, with a couple more notches to go.

I don't like backless boosters. in crash tests some slipped out from under the child. They also offer no side impact.

I have allowed both on one in other cars occasionally. Like twice. Ds1 sits in the middle in his stepmothers car, between two carseats. He is on a backless booster there simply because of fit. And he has some protection from his siblings seats in a crash.

I've told mine they are in the backs till they literally outgrow them. They are unimpressed but I don't care if their friends came out them at four or five. Imo they are unsafe and the sooner backless are banned the better.

smokinaces Fri 14-Jun-13 19:22:05

Is there an upper limit on weight on boosters?? Do they really come off at 36kg - I thought 15-36kg was the guideline for going into it. Mmmm. How much is 36kg in stones and pounds?

mikkii Fri 14-Jun-13 19:26:54

DD1 uses a HBB, she is 6, height 120cm and weighs about 22kg.

DD2 uses a stage 1 seat, she is 2.8, we do have a spare seat which is a HBB including a 5 point harness which she uses occasionally.

DS is 8, height 122cm weighs around 22kg and uses a booster cushion, mainly to make it easier if I have to use all 7 seats in the car, as the other seats are isofix and I have to remove them to access the back row seats.

mikkii Fri 14-Jun-13 19:27:32

36kg is about 5.5 stones

smokinaces Fri 14-Jun-13 19:30:00

Thanks miikkii - ds1 is 130cm but 4st 10 so we are ok. He's like a bloody giant, I'm only 5ft 4! Glad to know he's ok weight wise.

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