Car seat advice for Derbyshire parents

Since new laws came in last year regarding car seat regulations more than half of all parents are still not aware of the changes.

Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 1:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 1:22 pm
Rear-facing childseat are now law for all babies 15 months and under.

Which? conducted the research found that more than half of parents of babies are still not aware that it is mandatory for babies to stay rear facing until they are 15 months old.

The new law called i-size was enforced last year and the old method of choosing a car seat based on weight rather than age will continue for a while but will be phased out in a few years.

A Which? spokesman said: “In February 2016 we questioned 1,622 parents, with at least one child aged five years or younger, on what they knew about i-Size. 59 per cent of parents, with a baby under one, admitted they’d never heard it.”

The figure is on the increase because when the same question was asked last year only 28 per cent of parents knew what it was and Which? has described this as “heartening”.

Lisa Galliers, Which? child car seat expert said: “It’s great to see that awareness of i-Size has increased since the last time we asked parents about car seats, particularly as it is quite confusing having car seats on sale with two different rules at the same time.

“We’re doing all that we can to cut through the confusion for parents and we continue to crash test all types of car seats, so parents can buy with confidence.”