A booster seat is designed for older children that have outgrown their infant car seats but do not quite fit into the adult seat belts. Booster seats lift your child in the seat so that they are adequately secured using the lap and shoulder safety belts. Your child will need a booster seat if the adult shoulder belt touches their faces and the lap belt rides up their torso.
Many hazards come with ignoring the use of booster seats. First of all, your child will be very uncomfortable in the adult safety belts without a booster seat and this can cause them to fidget and talk to you about it thus effect you concentrating on driving. Another disadvantage due to this is that your child will try as many different ways to get comfortable in the seat belt, some which may be dangerous for them while driving or in a sudden stop or collision situation. Your child may choose not to wear the belt at all; he or she could move the shoulder belt under their arms which could crack their ribs in case of a collision among other injuries so it is very important to ensure both their comfort and safety by having them secured in a proper booster seat.
Booster seats are a must-have in every household that has children under the age of 8 or below the weight restrictions of being able to simply use the cars seat belts. All the seat does is “boost” your child’s position, but that boost could be the difference between life and death.
Test the booster seat before you purchase it. Ensure that the booster seat will fit into your car and test it by asking your child to try it for comfort. Their safety and comfort are of utmost importance, but you should also consider the value of your money that will be derived from buying the booster seat. Ask your retailer about their return policy so you can make the best choice among various types of booster seats.
Always use the booster seat’s belt positioning clips. These clips make certain that the safety belts are crossing your child’s torso according to safety suggestions.
Choose the best booster seat for your car. The design of your car’s interior will also determine the type of booster seat you will purchase. If your car does not have adjustable head restraints, or if the backs of the seats are not high enough, choose a high back booster seat. It comes with its own back support for your child to fit in properly in the safety belts. If your car does have high seat backs and adjustable restraints, a backless booster seat may be ideal. Again, if your back seat has only the lap belts in place, then a booster seat may not be suitable unless you have your car installed with shoulder belts. Check the regulations! For a more detailed description of the main types of booster seats also read our child safety booster seats page. We know some of the information repeats itself but we felt this was a very important issue.
Always check the booster seat for recall alerts. This means that you must refer to your local, state or provincial regulations to make sure that your booster seat meets the recommended safety guidelines. Look for certification details on the booster seat when purchasing to avoid the chances of it getting recalled. Fill out the warranty card and send it in right away so that you will be contacted automatically in case of a recall or other safety suggestions published by the manufacturer. For more information, see car seat recall.
Make sure that your child is belted up in the vehicle despite protests. As a parent or caregiver, the security and safety of your child is of utmost importance. Keep that in mind that many children complain about having to get ‘in’ their booster seats. We’ve discussed this issue here at New Child Safety. We’ve all experienced the protests we’ve heard from our children when they were young about being in a booster seat. The majority of parents here began a ‘no tolerance’ policy with their children-the car did not move until all passengers were safely in their seats with seat belts fastened. Do not agree to negotiate about this rule. It is imperative that every one follow and good role modeling is key so make sure you too always have your seat belt on and use it each and every time you’re traveling in a car.