Car Seat Basics Part Three: Beyond the Booster

Posted on 24. Jul, 2012 by in Auto News

So your "baby" is copping a big-kid attitude and wants his childish booster goodbye. Not so fast, parents. A booster is just as important to keep your child safe in the car like a child seat or convertible. But only you can decide when it's time to skip the booster and go right to the seat, not little Johnnie or Janie.

It is time for the convertible seat in the trade for a booster when your child outgrows the height and weight limit of their forward-facing seat for most children, this happens around the age of 4, and if the child pounds about 40. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that children remain in a booster until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall are. This is the longest recommended time in any type of car seat.

Why it is needed:
The goal is a booster for children that protect too large for a child seat, but too small for a seat belt. After the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's seats are more than twice as effective in reducing the risk of injury when compared with seat belts alone. Booster seats make sure that the lap belt is snug on a child's thighs and the shoulder belt sits on the child's shoulder and chest.

Different ways: High-back booster look like they sound. You're a booster base with a high and to use back if your car has a low seat back or the seat is not a headrest. The high back seat that supports and protects the child's head and neck. A backless booster is only the basis that the child is sitting on, or increase it so the seat belt fits them properly. Finally, a combination is a booster, the first uses a harness in place of the seat belt to secure the child. It can anchor using the latch until the seat reaches the anchorage of the weight limits – check your manual. When your child outgrows the weight limits of the harness, it is removed and the seat belt is used – just like a booster high-back.

Installation: As discussed above, combination use latch seats installed. After the weight has been attained, a seat belt can be used. For both regular and high-back booster boosters a lap and shoulder belt is required. If the booster is installed with a lap belt, is the upper part of the body are not secured and protected the child during a crash. If you are using a backless booster, the child should not have ears on the vehicle seat back or headrest. The back seat is the safest place for children, but if a child booster sitting sitting in the passenger seat, make sure that the backrest set as far as it go. Finally booster should still buckled in place, even if it is not used, which prevents them always. A projectile in a crash

Bye-Bye Booster:
Make sure your child meets the following requirements before buckling without boosters. The child must be large enough to sit without slouching, be able to hold them back against the vehicle seat back and be able to knees bent naturally over the edge of the seat. Equally important, the seat belt must sit in the correct position: flat over the thighs and snug over the shoulder. It should not rest on the stomach or on the neck. Kids can try waving the shoulder belt under the arm or behind their back, but that could seriously injure a child in a crash.

Child Restraint Laws: All states have laws mandating car seat use, but they vary. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety lists the laws of the state here, or go to the map above.

Car Seat Basics, Part One: Get your seat checked
Car Seat Basics Part Two: from infant to convertible seat
NHTSA recommends Kids Stay in car seats, booster Longer