Reference: UG542

Last update: 10/08/2005 15:58:39


A research project, which will examine the level of risk of injury to those, using boosters on car seats while driving. The main objectives for this project, are as follows:

To identify the types of boosters/ cushions being used by drivers in cars
To identify how the use of these boosters / cushions impact on the standard safety features built into the design of the standard car seat.
To Identify the level of increased risk of injury of people using boosters / cushions while driving.
To Produce recommendations for disabled drivers and drivers of short stature.


To ensure equal levels of safety for disabled and non- disabled drivers, when they are using boosters on car seats while driving.

The work carried out within VSE has found that there may be an increased risk of injury for people using cushions. The Department needs to know what that increased risk is so that we can produce safety guidance for disabled drivers and drivers of short stature.


Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0TU
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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £152,825.00

Actual start date: 06 November 2003

Actual completion date: 06 January 2005


Risk of Injury through using Additional Cushions on Car Seats
Author: MIRA
Publication date: 04/10/2005
Source: DfT Website
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Summary of results

  1. The research showed that whether a person is at increased risk of injury when using a cushion depends on the size of the person, the characteristics of the cushion and the direction of impact. In addition, the safety features of the vehicle to be driven, will also impact on whether a person decides to use a cushion. While some people may have their risk reduced through using a cushion, the use of the cushion may disrupt the original safety features. The result is therefore that the research can be used to help people make the decision, but there is no clear answer on whether they will be at increased risk of injury. It should help people to make an informed decision about their own safety.