Boring Car Seat Rules for Kids Are Changing Again

By Gary Cutlack on at

Some old people who make laws about car seats have spent ages remaking the laws on car seats, so they're now all about to be a bit different from December. Forward this link on to their mothers.

So the old rules in the 1970s were something like children had to not have more than 60 per cent of their bodies hanging out of the windows. Then, in the 1980s, after thousands were decapitated, they put in some law about them having to wear seatbelts and said they could only poke their hands out of the windows up to the elbow.

Then, more recently, the NANNY STATE said they all had to sit on little special chairs and things, even introducing an entirely new product category to cater for this -- the booster seat. So that was the rule for ages.

Now there's going to be more rules. From December, in the unlikely event you've had one or are allowed in a car with children, backless booster seats are only allowed to be used by children over 125cm in height and weighing more than 22kg. Anything less than that and they'll need a proper child seat with a back on it.

At least they don't have to wear helmets and be packaged in styrofoam pellets lest they bump a knee yet. [Mirror]

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