Child Safety Booster Seats
Our site has two different pages dedicated to child safety booster seats as they are necessary for every parent or caregiver who has a child between 4 and 8 years old. The age range is such that the child has outgrown an infant car seat or other types of car seat but cannot be sufficiently protected using adult safety belts. Booster seats are also meant to provide the needed security in a collision so that they are not thrown about inside or outside of the vehicle and severely injured. We recommend you read both pages as they are each slightly different. We know we’ve repeated some of the information but we felt this topic was too important to leave anything out! So, when you’re done on this page also visit booster seats.
There are safety regulations that govern the use of booster seats, which every vehicle owner must keep in mind. These are recognized by law and have the safety of all children in mind.
Use a booster seat when your child has reached the required age and weight. The main idea of a booster seat is to keep your child steady in the car, so when your child reaches approximately 40 pounds for most child safety seat requirements (laws) and heavier, which is usually around 4 years old, get a booster seat. Different areas have specific requirements and you’ll need to consider weight, height, and age, so check your local authorities for the information. Resources include your local public health offices and vehicle safety research organizations.
Know the different types of child safety booster seats before purchase. There are four basic types of booster seats that you can choose from, each with its own advantages. The backless booster seat is best used when the back seats of your vehicle are high and adjustable, so that your child can use the back seat for support. A high back booster seat comes with its own back rest, which is good if your car does not have this particular seat design. A great idea is to purchase a combination of a car seat and booster seat, which you can use from the time your child is an infant. All you would need is to remove the harnesses and belts as your child grows up. The fourth type of booster seat is the built-in child restraint, which comes with the car you purchase depending on the manufacturer. This is even more convenient than purchasing a separate booster seat, but it will depend on particular regulations so if you purchased your vehicle quite some time ago we strongly encourage you to make sure the seat still meets safety regulations before you use it.
Consider letting your child choose the booster seat for themselves. First of all, check out different makes and models so you know which type of child safety booster seat will best meet your needs. Then let your child try out the remaining choices for comfort and have them participate in selecting the right seat. They will feel as if the seat is their very own and have ownership over the final choice. This can go a long way in having them both enjoy being in the seat and leading to less negotiations about having to sit in it. It is also a great time to talk to them about car (road) safety so use the opportunity to get them involved.
Check for the label on the booster seat that indicates conformity to safety standards. Every booster seat, as well as any other child restraint mechanism for vehicles comes with a label that indicates that it has been tested and passed a safety inspection making it clear it is safe for use. The mark of quality usually reads, “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.”
Remember to fill out the registration card for your product and send it back. Child safety booster seats are a required device and need your attention to find the right make and model for your child. In addition, it is important you stay up to date and informed about any booster seat recalls. You do not want to use a booster seat for your child that has been reported as faulty and unsafe. The best thing to do is fill out the registration form and send it back to the manufacturer right away. Remember to update any changes in address or email contact information in case you move or change accounts so you can be contacted if necessary.