Friday, 5 May 2017

Understanding the Changes to Car Seat Law

We usually travel quite regularly over considerable distances during the spring and summer months to different blog events and to visit family.  We can be stuck in the car up to seven hours, so it’s important to consider safety when spending so long on busy roads covering lots of miles!

But I have been very confused about the recent changes to car seat law.  I found this article about Getting Clued Up On Car Seats from Halfords to be an invaluable resource.  More than anything I just wanted it explained in simpler terms so I could have a greater understanding and do the right thing by my kids. 

In summary as of the 1st of March newly manufactured booster seats are now only for older children (from 22kg or 125cm).  Even if your current booster seat is still legal for children 15kg and over (as it was manufactured before March 2017) I think it’s sensible to swap for a high back booster because the law obviously changed for a good reason.  Halfords are making this change easier by offering customers a 20% discount off their high back booster purchase when they hand in their old booster cushion seat.  I think that is very generous of Halfords because it will make getting high back boosters more accessible for families.

We were sent the Recaro High Back Booster Seat in racing red.  My youngest son is a tall eight year old so I wasn’t sure how good a fit the Recaro seat would be but it suited him perfectly with adequate space for more growing.  I would say the age band up to 12 years is pretty accurate. 

I was very impressed with the advanced side protection; I feel my child now has much more fortification in his seat if we were involved in a dangerous situation on the roads.  

The Recaro High Back Booster Seat got a double thumbs up from my boy!

Booster seats only keep the seatbelt in place they lack all the additional cushioning that I feel MUCH happier having.  That extra reassurance is well worth spending a bit more on if you had a side-on crash.  We spent a lot of time researching our family car it seems wise to take the same care and attention when picking out car seats.  One of the best places to start is Halfords as they have such a comprehensive range of car seats.

Once your child is over the age of 12 or taller than 135cm they are required by law to wear a seat belt.  

Wishing you safe and happy travels!


  1. I think this has been a complete muck up. Nobody seemed clear on what was going to be legal and then the date got changed! My daughter is taller than 135cm now but it causes problems when we give lifts to her shorter friends.

  2. there seems to have been lots of confusion about this doesn't there?!

  3. Gosh they did make the change rather complicated didn't they? I understand it a bit better now though. A high back booster looks a lot better than the old flimsy booster seat I had when I was a kid. Can't imagine back then it protected me from very much!

  4. I love the look of this. I need a new seat for Harry and this is on my list.