Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135cm tall.
|Type of seat||Weight||Group|
|Rear-facing baby seats||Babies up to 13kg||0/0+|
|Forward or rear-facing baby seats||Children from 9 to 18kg||1|
|Forward-facing child car seats (booster seats)||Children from 15 to 25kg||2/3|
|Booster cushions||Children over 22kg||3|
Only EU-approved child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle.
The current regualtion is ECE R44.04 which has been in place since September 2006 and is still current. New regulations however were passed in July 2013 called i-size and will eventually replace the older ECE R44.04 regulations.
i-Size regulations have been brought in as a new EU standard for increased child safety. To pass the i-Size test a car seat must pass a more stringent crash test and also a new test for side impact crashes. This will lead to safer car seats for your child.
The new i-Size regulation also provides longer rear facing for your child and car seats which pass i-Size will allow rear facing to a minimum of 15 months and in most cases far beyond. At Groovystyle we believe you should keep your child rear facing for as long as possible. Rear facing has been proven to be 5 times safer in a forward impact crash.
i-Size is a new standard for increased safety. It will lead to improved protection at higher forces for side and front impacts and a much better protection of the child’s head and neck areas. Rearward facing travel will be mandatory up to a minimum of 15 months and beyond in some cases. i-Size also promotes ISOFIX. i-Size legislation will be effective in addition to the current legislation ECE R44.
i-Size consists of: