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I had no idea there were laws about car booster seats but apparently they're changing. So at least I'm all up to date, as you will be shortly.
At the moment, children weighing as little as 15kg can travel in backless booster seats and must stay in them until they are 12 years old or at least 135cm tall.
However, child car seat experts (because they exist) agree that this type of booster seat isn't suitable for young kids.
Now, a new backless seat will only be approved for children weighing more than 22kg or that are taller than 125cm.
The booster cushions used previously do not actually give any extra protection and are simply designed to help lift a child up so adult seat belts can restrain them correctly.
Last month it was revealed that a third of parents don't bother using booster seats and according to a report by Good Egg Safety, 34% of 8-11 year olds aren't using booster seats.
Kat Furlong, Good Egg Safety manager, said: "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."
There you have it parents, strap up your kids properly and make sure you're adhering to the new laws when they come in. Your child's life could be at risk!
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