Like all parents, when it comes to my kids, my paramount priority is their safety.
We will do anything to safeguard and protect our children, which is why it’s so important to use good quality car seats when travelling by road with minors.
The Government recently introduced new regulations around car seats but – despite their good intentions – these rules appear to have become lost within the ether of Westminster with a whopping 77% of parents saying they had no idea about the change in legislation and how these new regulations affect them.
This is where the good folk at AXA come in! In partnership with RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) they’re working with parenting bloggers such as myself and also the top TV personality, Julia Bradbury to raise awareness of these recent changes in child car seat legislation.
It also appears that the confusing roll-out has caused an entire proportion of British parents to switch off, with one in five (20 per cent) declaring that they do not plan to bring themselves up to date with the legislation at all.
Discussing the research James Barclay, Head of Product Management at AXA, said: “This is an incredibly worrying snapshot of the UK. With so many parents misunderstanding the legislation, and three quarters complaining about the lack of publicity, we felt a duty to help cut through the confusion. We’ve teamed up with RoSPA to heighten awareness amongst parents in the UK and shine the light on this important topic”.
So what does the change in regulation mean for parents? Well luckily AXA have developed this useful micro-site and guide that simplifies and explains them for us parents.
Firstly Well the new rules – which were introduced 5 months ago – do not replace the previous legislation; instead it simply sits alongside it.
So all children under the age of 12 (or under 135cm, depending on which they reach first) MUST travel in car seat.
The new rules – which were introduced over 5 months ago – concern i-size approved car seats (yes I also thought it was the latest apple product too! Oops!), although it will take around 3 years for there to be enough i-size compliant car seats in circulation for them to become law.
The most important changes to note are that i-size car seats and regulations are based on height not weight and that the new legislation states that children must be placed in rear facing car seats until they are 15 months old.
Other important changes to note include:
- i-Size seats aren’t secured using seatbelts; instead, they use your car’s ISOFIX points
- Not all cars are suitable for i-Size seats, so car seats that conform with the current safety rules are still fine to use
- Always get your car seat professionally fitted and make sure it fits your car correctly before buying
- Try avoid buying second hand car seats unless you know its full history and have a guarantee that it has not been damaged
- The new rules do not apply to taxis and mini-cabs