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Car Seat Safety Pt. 5: Booster Seats

The fifth part of our Car Seat Safety series will focus on the installation and use of booster seats.

When to Use a Booster Seat

A child should start using a booster car seat once they have outgrown a forward-facing seat. A child has outgrown a forward-facing car seat if the child has reached the maximum height and weight allowed by the forward-facing car seat, if the child’s shoulders are higher than the top harness slot, or the child’s ears are at level with the top of the car seat.

A child should use a booster seat until they have reached a height of 4 feet 9 inches and are 8 to 12 years of age. Also, if a child is 13-years-old or younger, they should always ride in the backseat of a vehicle.

Types of Booster Seats

  • Booster Seats are available in High Back and Backless Seats.
  • Use with a lap and shoulder seat belts similar to how an adult rides in a vehicle.
  • Are utilized to raise a child high enough that lap and shoulder seat belts fit on the proper parts of the body snuggly.
  • Are installed in the vehicle using only the seat belt that is fastened over a child.
  • Certain models can be anchored to a vehicle seat via lower anchors or the top tether.
Installation Tips for Booster Seats


Information provided by healthychildren.org.

  • Ensure the lap belt fits tightly across a child’s upper thighs.
  • Ensure the shoulder belt is off the neck of a child and crosses the child’s shoulder and chest.
  • If having difficulty placing the lap and shoulder seat belts on a child, booster seats are usually accompanied by a plastic clip or guide to show how to correctly position them.

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