The latest news from the Department for Transport is in accordance with the notification of the UN which clearly stated that there would be new rules for the manufacturers of backless booster car seats, in effect from 9th Feb 2017.
Basically, the new rule for child car seats states that any manufacturer is not permitted to experiment with child car seats by introducing new models of backless booster seats for children that weigh less than 22 kg and are shorter than 125 cm in height.
Existing seats are not subjected to the new rule and would be considered safe and legal. However, the government urges all parents to ensure that they know and follow the rules of the child car seats.
Find here, the rules for child car seats:
First of all, the law states that every parent should have child car seat if they take their kids in the car. The child car seat is for all children below 12 years of age and less than or equal to 135 cm in height. Children that are above 12 years of age and taller than 135 cm, should wear seat belts during the drive. The seats should be purchased in accordance with your child’s height or weight.
Height based seats – Popularly known as ‘i-Size’ seats, these seats should be rear facing until the child is over 15 months old. Check the label as it should have the letter ‘E’ in circle and ‘R129’ and, it should be EU approved.
Weight based seats – Based on the weight, there are numerous types of child car seats which can be checked from the following table:
0kg to 9kg
Lie-flat or ‘lateral’ baby carrier, rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat using a harness
0kg to 13kg
Rear-facing baby carrier or rear-facing baby seat using a harness
9kg to 18kg
Rear- or forward-facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield
15kg to 36kg
2 and 3
Rear- or forward-facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield
The label on the seat would be ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’.
Some details about fitting a child car seat:
These seats are useful only if there is diagonal strap in the car’s seat belt or
If the seat has lap seat belt
If it is fitted with using ISOFIX anchor points.
Things to be cautious about:
If you plan to fit rear facing baby seat on the front seat then it is necessary to deactivate front airbags in the first place.
Do not fit child car seat in side-facing seats.
To conclude, it is important to use child car seats as well as buy a child seat insurance to help you manage accidental damage to the seat. Again, you must have an adequate child car cover to ensure proper safety.
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