Is Your Child Ready for a Booster?
WHEN TO TRANSITION TO A BELT-POSITIONING BOOSTER
Booster car seats raise the child up and help to position the vehicle lap and shoulder belt correctly. When the child is properly restrained in a booster car seat, his/her risk of injury in all types of crashes is reduced, as the lap and shoulder belt provides excellent restraint of both the upper and lower torsos.
It is important for the child to sit properly within the vehicle seat belts. When the vehicle belt is buckled, the lap belt should be low on the hips, just touching the thighs, and the shoulder belt should lie across the middle of the shoulder. If the child leans out or moves the belt behind the back or places it under the arm, it will not provide the intended restraint.
There are a number of things to consider when deciding whether a child is ready to sit in a booster car seat, including: the weight and height ratings on his/her current child seat, the child’s own weight and height, his/her maturity, and the seating positions available in your vehicle.
How is a booster car seat used?
Using a booster seat is very similar to buckling yourself into the vehicle:
- Read the instruction manuals for both the booster seat and the vehicle before you start.
- Put the booster in the back seat in a location with a lap and shoulder belt. Never use a booster with only a lap belt, as this could cause serious injuries.
- After the child is in the booster, pull the lap and shoulder belt across him/her and buckle it.
- Check that the shoulder belt lies across the middle of the shoulder and that the lap belt is low on the hips, just touching the thighs.
How can you tell if a child is ready to transition to a booster car seat?
You should consider using a booster seat if the following conditions apply:
- The child is mature enough to sit in the booster seat and not put the belts under his/her arm or behind his/ her back.
- The child is approaching the weight or height limit of the child restraint he/she is currently using. (Even children who have not outgrown their toddler seat can benefit from the use of a booster seat, if it is used properly.)
- If you have a vehicle that does not have a tether anchorage but has lap/shoulder belts available in the back seat, a booster seat may provide better protection than an internal harness seat without the tether.
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