Choosing the right car seat can be so confusing. Not only trying to decide between front & rear facing but there’s the new i-Size guidelines to try and get your head around too. I didn’t realise there was going to be such a big change, especially for babies. So here’s the new car seat guidelines and the three main questions answered:
1. HAS THE LAW CHANGED?
The UK laws changed in April 2015 when the standard i-Size became part of UK legislation. It doesn’t replace the old legislation but runs along side it. It’ll be 2018 before only i-Size car seats will be sold so you won’t need to replace your car seat just yet. However, the new legislation does affect car seats for children under 15 months eg Group 0+ and Group 1 car seats. The new i-Size requires children to stay rear facing until they are 15 months old. Currently only babies up to 9kg have to be rear facing.
2. WHAT IS I-SIZE?
At the moment, all children travelling in a car must use the right car seat for their height or weight until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years old, whichever comes first.
The new i-Size car seats mean height rather than age or weight which should make it easier to choose the right car seat. Currently it only affects car seats or children under 15 months but additional legislation will be brought in slowly affecting car seats for older children. These will be developed over the next couple of years.
Eventually all car seats will be ISOFIX meaning they won’t have to be installed using seat belts. ISOFIX reduces the risk of incorrect installation, many parents install car seats wrong without realising. All new cars re now ISOFIX ready.
3. ARE BOOSTER SEATS BEING BANNED?
No new law has currently been passed however car seat safety for children over 15 months is currently being reviewed. The discussions include only making booster seats available for children over 22kg and 125cm, about four years old.
Archie is almost four and I just wouldn’t use a booster seat for him. He still seems far too young. He has Autism so that has a major impact on our choice of car seat as he lacks communication skills and understanding so I’d be so worried about him completely escaping from a booster seat and rolling around the back of the car. I want Archie in a high back car seat which is more secure, I know he can’t climb out.
Currently we have the Cosatto Zoomi Group 123 in the Cuddle Monster design which I absolutely love but really want to upgrade to the new Zoomi Big Fish when I finally get my own car, ready for when he starts at his new Special Needs school this September. It has the 5-point plus anti-escape system meaning no matter how hard they try there’s no wiggling out of the straps. It would be amazing not having to worry about him escaping in the back and how cool is the design? He loves sharks so would love putting his bum into this seat.
Have you thought about getting a new car seat? Or how the new legislation will affect you & your kids?