DO I HAVE TO BUY A NEW SEAT?
The new child car seat regulations come into effect from 1st December 2016, but these will only apply to new products. This means that if you’re looking to buy a booster seat after the regulation change, you’ll see that they’re only approved for children over 125cm or 22kg. If you’ve got an existing booster seat you will be able to use it without breaking any rules, but it is recommended that you buy your child a high-backed booster seat which can offer more protection in a side-impact crash situation.
WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE?
High backed booster seats for children aged 4-12 (group2/3) are recommended by experts as offering a safer alternative to a backless booster seat until your little one reaches 125cm tall or 22kg. Which? child car seat expert, Lisa Galliers says: “A decent high-backed booster 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 side-impact crash than a backless booster seat alone.”
You can find out more about choosing the right car seat for your child in our Buying Guide.