Children are required by law to be in a car seat in the UK until they are 135cms tall or 12 years old – whichever comes first. When they are older and reach 15kg (approx. age 4 years), they can be moved to an adult seat belt and sat on a booster seat. Booster seats will be the last seats your children need before they can sit in the car without one. However, while it may seem like your child is now a ‘big girl or boy’, the safety of the seat remains of paramount importance to protect your child in the event of a collision.

But which is best? Our Safer Seat campaign aims to make it easy for parents to keep their kids safer. Read this blog post to find out about the difference between ‘cushion’ booster seats and high back booster seats.

Which is which?

‘Cushion’ booster seats are ones that raise your child up high enough to use an adult seat belt, but don’t have any side or head protection. High back booster seats, on the other hand, have a full length ‘back’ – they extend upwards and around the child, with ‘wings’ around the sides and a head support.

What difference does it make?

There are multiple advantages to using a high back booster seat.

First and foremost, high back booster seats offer side and head protection that cushion booster seats do not have. Side collisions are a severe type of collision and form a high percentage of traffic accidents. The protective full back, wings and head support of a high back booster seat not only protects your child in an accident, but also keep  the child more securely in place during travel, and provides extra comfort and support for them, even when they are asleep.

Trade in your booster seats and upgrade at Halfords!

Have you got a cushion booster seat that you’d like to swap for a high back booster seat? If you trade in your cushion booster seat at Halfords, we’ll give you 20% off  selected high back booster seat!

Or, if you’d like to explore our great range of child car seats, head over to our car seat hub!


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[1] Casimir.  Child Car Passenger Fatalities – European Figures and In-Depth Study, Alan Kirk; Loughborough University, UK; Conference:  Protection of Children in Cars, Munich, 2011.

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