Halfords campaigns for 0% VAT for child car seatsChild car seat retailer wants VAT charge dropped

09 September 2014

Halfords campaign against 5% VAT

Halfords has teamed up with Jodie Kidd to campaign against 5% VAT on child car seats

The child car seat retailer Halfords has launched a campaign to abolish the 5% VAT on all child car seats. 

VAT on child car seats is currently paid at the reduced rate of  5%, but Halfords believes child car seats should be zero rated, like children's clothes.

As well as partnering with model and motoring enthusiast Jodie Kidd and starting a petition calling for the EU to abolish the tax, Halfords is also selling all of its range of child car seats at a 5% reduction for the next 11 weeks, equivalent to zero rate VAT.

Backless boosters

Worries over the expense of child car seats could lead to parents making compromises over their children's safety. One of the cheapest options for older children will almost certainly be buying a backless booster, and a recent survey we conducted of 1,000 parents found that 55% of their 4-12 year olds were using this type of seat.

But parents don't realise that in doing so, they could be putting their children at risk as backless booster cushions offer far less protection in side impact crashes. Which? recommends only using high-backed boosters.

Which? child car seat expert Lisa Galliers says: 'Buying a good child car seat doesn't have to be expensive. We've got reviews of over 100 child car seats on our website and we've found for less than £100'. 

Which? child car seats test

Which? tests child car seats in collaboration with other European consumer and motoring organisations.  All seats on the European market must pass the current regulation ECE R44/04 to be sold but our tests go well beyond the mandatory standard.

We test child car seats in front and side impact crash simulations. Both tests are based on typical real-life crashes at higher speeds. In addition, we install each seat in a range of cars using experts and amateurs to check how easy the seat is to install safely.

More on this...

  • Which seat? Find the best for your child with our child car seat reviews
  • Rear-facing for longer? We've reviewed the best and worst extended rear-facing car seats
  • Interested in our testing? Watch our video on what makes a Best Buy child car seat