Government response

New child car seat rules: no change for existing booster seats

Existing booster seats and cushions are not affected by new rules which came into force February 9 2017.

Booster seat

The Department for Transport has been notified by the UN that the new rules for manufacturers of backless booster seats apply from 9 Feb 2017.

The new rules mean that manufacturers aren’t allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.

Existing seats not affected by new rules

The change doesn’t affect existing models of seats or cushions and doesn’t mean that they are unsafe or illegal - though parents are still being encouraged to make sure they know the rules for using child car seats.

The change to the technical standards means that the range of products available on the market are better suited for younger children.

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Published 2 February 2017
Last updated 22 February 2017 + full page history
  1. New rules for manufacturers of backless booster seats effective from February 9 2017.
  2. First published.