Car seat changes explained by McCarthy Cars.
4th May 2016
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A significant proportion of people who buy cars from McCarthy Cars are family people - they need a vehicle that will serve the needs of the family well and McCarthy Cars prides themselves on doing so.

But what goes inside the car when you have young children is equally as important as the car itself. They need to be in a car seat that will protect them well should there be an accident.

In 2016 the existing car seat laws are changing. To avoid any confusion, here are the key points:

  • Since 2006, the law has been that a child must be in a car seat until they are 135cm in height or 12 years in age – which ever they reach first.
  • The only exception to this is if the child is travelling in a taxi or licensed minicab.
  • If there is no car seat available for a taxi or minicab, the child must sit in the back of the car.
  • The rule applies to disabled children to, unless exempt on medical grounds.
  • In April 2016 a new issue was raised regarding backless booster seats.
  • Whilst no official law has been passed to make backless booster seats illegal, the guideline is that they should only be used for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. 
  • This will only apply to parents buying new car seats. Parents with existing backless booster seats will not be expected to buy replacements 
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