BPA Clarify Booster Seat Regulation

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

The BPA advises that backless booster seats are not banned from March.

Allaying parents’ concerns that backless booster seats are to be banned when new regulations come into place, scheduled for March 2017, the trade association representing the nursery industry – the BPA (Baby Products Association) – has advised that this is NOT the case.

“Widespread media coverage this week has been giving parents the incorrect information about the regulations for child car restraints and in particular the law concerning booster seats,” explains Robert Anslow, managing director of the trade association.

“It is confusing, because when this new change to the regulation comes into place in March, the existing regulation will still apply to products that have already been purchased and are still in use.”

The Baby Products Association has confirmed that parents and carers are NOT required to replace existing booster seats and can safely continue to use them for transporting their child – whether they are backless or high-backed – as long as they carry the label confirming that they are approved to Regulation 44. 

This Regulation is a legal requirement for all booster seats sold in the UK and whilst from March 2017 all newly designed booster seats will only be approved for children over 125cm tall or 22-36 kg, if your current seat – whether in use or a new buy  has been purchased via a ‘reputable’ retailer and carries the R44 label, parents should have no concerns.

For more information about Regulation 44 visit the Association’s website.