The fifth part of our Car Seat Safety series will focus on the installation and use of booster seats.
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.
Information provided by healthychildren.org.