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Booster Seats: Advice & Legislation For Children From 15kg

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Take a look at our guide to find out more about booster seat legislation.

Booster Seats: Advice & Legislation For Children From 15kg

Car seat legislation can be a bit of a minefield; take a read of our guide below to find out what kind of booster is suitable for children weighing 15kg and over.

Cushion boosters and their highback counterparts

A cushion booster is a simple, backless booster that helps position a child so that the car's seatbelt fits properly. An alternative to cushion boosters are highback boosters which are made for the same weight range of children, but offer greater protection for their sides, head and neck.

Why should I choose a highback booster?

When your child reaches 15kg, you can either choose a highback or cushion booster. We recommend that any children from 15kg use highback boosters as they provide greater side impact protection, they're more comfy for long journeys, and they're a safer way for your child to travel. Cushion boosters are an alternative option which we recommend for use from 22kg, but it's best to keep your child in a highback booster for as long as possible, and all the way up to the maximum 36kg (or 135cm) wherever possible.

There will be a slight legislation change soon which will support the continued use of highback boosters; you can read more on this below.

New Child Seat Legislation - What Does it Mean?

There's currently a proposal to change the above legislation. Currently, a child can legally use a booster cushion from 15kg, but the new proposal would mean they can only be used from 22kg (roughly 9 years old, 125cm). Whilst yet to be officially confirmed, we believe this will come into effect at the end of 2016.

Who will this affect?

This new legislation will only apply to new booster cushions on the market, so if you currently have a booster cushion or purchase one before the legislation comes into effect, your seat will be completely safe to use for as long as recommended.

From the end of 2016, you'll start to see new booster cushions with new weight labelling, showing that they can only be used from 22kg.

Don't forget that this will be a rolling change - there may be a period of time where you'll see different weight recommendations on different booster cushions. As long as you stick to the specific weight guide on that seat, you can be sure the seat has been tested appropriately and is therefore approved and ok to use.

Is my car seat safe?

Yes. As long as you have purchased from a reputable retailer, have checked the seat is suitable for your car and the right group for your child, you're safe to continue using your car seat.

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