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Backless boosters offer limited protection says Which?

A new study by Which? has revealed that many booster seats do not provide children with adequate protection in a car crash.

Many parents opt for simple backless booster seats. However, impact tests have shown that in side-on collisions, a child in such a seat is at risk of hitting their head against the window and door.

Although booster seats offering full protection are readily available, many parents choose the more simple seats as they are less cramped and more comfortable.

One in four car accidents involves a side-on collision which means that thousands of children are exposed to serious injury every day from poor protection.

Which? is working with the support of consumer groups to try to get the legal minimum standards for child car seats raised as well as getting a ban on all backless car seats ahead of the changes to the safety standards.

The survey also looked at the habits of 1,000 parents with children aged four to 12. Around 17% used no form of car seat and 30% used only the backless booster cushions.

Around 30 children under 12 years old are killed in car accidents, and a further 300 are seriously injured every year.

Fitting a fully protective child seat is vital for ensuring the safety of young children in the event of a car crash.

Such a collision could cause serious cuts, a skull fracture and even brain damage. An effective full car seat has padded wings either side of the head that cushion the blow of a side impact.



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