Child Car Seat Laws Changing

The law regarding booster seats for children changes on March 1.

Under new regulations, only children measuring more than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg will be able to travel in a car on a backless booster cushion.

This is because a backless car seat offers much less protection in the event of a collision.

Children must be in an appropriate child car seat until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years old.

After this they must then use an adult seatbelt, according to the new rules.

 

Children sitting on a safety seat in car
Children must be in an appropriate child car seat until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years old (Photo: Getty)

Under the new regulations, backless booster cushions available for sale will only be approved for children over 125cm and weighing more than 22kg and they will be clearly labelled as only suitable for children over that height and weight.

A child car seat must:

  • Conform to the United Nations standard, ECE Regulation 44.04 (or R 44.03) or to the new i-Size regulation, R129. Look for the ‘E’ mark label on the seat.
  • Be suitable for your child’s weight and size
  • Be correctly fitted according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Be in a safe condition

 

Your car seat must be suitable for your child’s weight and size