Currently, children weighing as little as 15kg or approximately three years old can travel in a backless booster seat with many car seat experts agreeing this type of seat is not suitable for such young children. Booster cushions lift up a child so that an adult seat belt restrains them correctly but it does not offer any additional protection. They do not pass side impact tests. While booster cushions are a belt positioning device, they are simply designed to lift your child up enough so that the adult seat belt restrains them correctly. They do not offer any additional protection.
They don't pass a side impact test because they do not have a back and side wings to cushion a child from the force of a collision, and they do not place a child near the vehicle's side impact protection.
Which? has reported that the new rules will mean children can only use a backless booster seat if they are taller than 125cm or over 22kg in weight.
Kat Furlong, Good Egg safety manager and training expert, states: "A high-back booster is far more preferable to a booster cushion, to provide children with adequate head, neck and torso protection from side impacts, which booster cushions do not offer.
"We implore parents to buy these instead and ensure they are the right seat for their child and car."
The new regulations are set to come in force from December 2016 but will only apply to new products on the market. Parents who have a booster seat now will still be able to use the seat without breaking any rules.
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