Are booster cushions legal?

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There’s a lot of misunderstanding about the rules on booster seats, because some where, somebody suggested that they were becoming illegal ? This isn’t actually correct; the confusion has come about because the child car seat Safety Standards were updated a few years ago. These standards aren’t the t the UK Road Traffic law, but they work along side them to ensure that children are transported safely and legally on our roads.

Child car seats, including booster cushions, are currently certified under two ECE Child Car Seat Regulations. The ECER44.04 regulation, used to say that you can use a booster cushion from 15kg. Sadly though, this has meant that some children, who are still as young as 4 years old, were legally using just a booster cushion in the car.  With no head, side or upper body protection, clearly it isn’t the safest option for such a young body. And when there is a safer option of a high-backed booster seat which does have these safety features it would make sense to update the regulations and encourage the use of a far safer, higher backed option for a lot longer whilst a child grows and develops a stronger bone structure. 

So to solve the problem of children using the booster cushions too soon, the regulation was revised and now this means that any new booster cushions being introduced to the UK market, must be designed for children above 22kg and over 125cm in height. This is more in line with the growth and development of a 6 year old

What if we have a booster cushion already?                                                    

If you already own a booster cushion which states it conforms to ECE R44/04 Group 2 – 15kg minimum weight, then it will still be legal for you to use with a child who is just 15kg. But we would strongly advise you to consider swapping it for a far safer option of a seat with a harness up to 25kg or at the bare minimum a High backed booster.

You can check the weight requirements for you child’s seat on the approval label the seat. 

EVEN ON THE SHORTEST JOURNEYS, ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT EVERY CHILD IN YOUR CAR HAS THE APPROPRIATE SEAT FOR THEIR WEIGHT, HEIGHT AND AGE. Legal exemptions don’t prevent children from being seriously injured or killed.

We always recommend using a high back booster seat rather than a booster cushion.  A high back booster seats provide protection to the head, neck and spine; they generally have good side impact protection and they also guide the shoulder belt correctly on the child. 

Booster cushions only lift the child, so the lap belt fits safely – they do not provide any other protection.

Booster cushions do have their place in the market and there are no current plans to make them illegal.  For example: when travelling in a taxi and a booster cushion is certainly better than nothing!

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Are booster cushions legal?

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about the rules on booster seats, because some where, somebody suggested that they were becoming illegal ? This isn’t actually correct; the confusion has come about because the child car seat Safety Standards were updated a few years ago. These standards aren’t the t the UK Road Traffic law, but they work along side them to ensure that children are transported safely and legally on our roads.

Child car seats, including booster cushions, are currently certified under two ECE Child Car Seat Regulations. The ECER44.04 regulation, used to say that you can use a booster cushion from 15kg. Sadly though, this has meant that some children, who are still as young as 4 years old, were legally using just a booster cushion in the car.  With no head, side or upper body protection, clearly it isn’t the safest option for such a young body. And when there is a safer option of a high-backed booster seat which does have these safety features it would make sense to update the regulations and encourage the use of a far safer, higher backed option for a lot longer whilst a child grows and develops a stronger bone structure. 

So to solve the problem of children using the booster cushions too soon, the regulation was revised and now this means that any new booster cushions being introduced to the UK market, must be designed for children above 22kg and over 125cm in height. This is more in line with the growth and development of a 6 year old

What if we have a booster cushion already?                                                    

If you already own a booster cushion which states it conforms to ECE R44/04 Group 2 – 15kg minimum weight, then it will still be legal for you to use with a child who is just 15kg. But we would strongly advise you to consider swapping it for a far safer option of a seat with a harness up to 25kg or at the bare minimum a High backed booster.

You can check the weight requirements for you child’s seat on the approval label the seat. 

EVEN ON THE SHORTEST JOURNEYS, ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT EVERY CHILD IN YOUR CAR HAS THE APPROPRIATE SEAT FOR THEIR WEIGHT, HEIGHT AND AGE. Legal exemptions don’t prevent children from being seriously injured or killed.

We always recommend using a high back booster seat rather than a booster cushion.  A high back booster seats provide protection to the head, neck and spine; they generally have good side impact protection and they also guide the shoulder belt correctly on the child. 

Booster cushions only lift the child, so the lap belt fits safely – they do not provide any other protection.

Booster cushions do have their place in the market and there are no current plans to make them illegal.  For example: when travelling in a taxi and a booster cushion is certainly better than nothing!

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