What does the new law say?
The new law bars manufacturers from introducing new models of backless booster seats for kids shorter than 125cm or weighing below 22kgs. Companies will only be permitted to manufacture new backless booster seats for children above this height or weight. This comes as one of the initiatives to offer more protection to children in the event of a collision. The law is scheduled to take effect as from 1st March 2017.
Will you get in trouble when using old baby car seats?
The new regulation doesn't prohibit backless seats. This means that you won't get in trouble with transportation authorities if you are using your old baby car seat. You don't need to dispose of that seat if it's still in a good condition. The law only requires that these backless booster seats be used for children taller than 125cm and above 22kgs.
How is the law going to affect you?
For those with the old models of backless seats, they won't be forced to dispose of them. But if you are planning to acquire a new booster cushion from March, you will be required to confirm your child's weight and height for you to be given the appropriate seat. If your child is smaller than the above-stipulated conditions, then you will be required to purchase a high-backed booster cushion. These seats offer more safety to small children than the backless booster cushions. At Westwood Commercials, we recommend parents and guardians to acquire these high-backed booster cushions to avoid improve the safety of their babies, as well as stay away from trouble with the authority. These seats will serve your baby until it reaches the required age to use normal seats.
Why are backless cushions not banned completely?
The issue is not about doing away with the backless seats; the main concern is to discourage or reduce the number of backless booster seats for the safety of children. Of course, there is a better alternative for parents, which is the high-backed booster seats. The government still recognises that some parents need these backless cushions, especially those who have small family cars. So, doing away with the high-backed seats will be a big disadvantage to some families.
Don't panic: the law is there to protect your child. Your old backless seat will still do but it's better to get a high-backed booster cushion to enhance safety and be in line with the law.