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Important changes to children's car safety and regulations

Important changes to children's car safety and regulations

Do we know the rules when it comes to checking that our children and grandchildren are being transported in or on the correct car seats?

There have been changes in the law on child car booster seats and it will see changes in how backless booster seats are made, to give children greater protection if the car is involved in a collision.

If you need to purchase a new booster seat you need to make sure it complies with the new rules of the road. It’s important to note that the change doesn’t affect existing models of seats or cushions. If you have got an old model, don’t worry as they’re not unsafe or illegal, they just offer less protection.

Under new regulations, manufacturers are not allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children under 135cm or weighing less than 22kg.

It’s important to note that drivers can be fined up to £500 if a child under 14 isn’t in the correct car seat or wearing the correct seat belt. This fine also applies if an adult is not wearing a seat belt.

For more information on car seats and travel regulations go to the Child Car Seats website which has information on how to choose a seat and travel safely with children in cars.

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