When to Use a Booster Seat?

When is the right time to use a booster seat? According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, kids who are too big for the regular child safety seats should use booster seats until they are at least 8 - 10 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. What does a booster seat do? A booster seat raises a child up so that the seat belt fits right and can better protect your child in case of an accident. The shoulder belt should cross your child's chest and rest snugly on his shoulder, and the lap belt should rest low across the pelvis or hip area -- never across the stomach area. Your child's ears shouldn't be higher than the vehicles back seat cushion or the back of a high booster seat.Children 12 years old and under should always seat at the back.
My son, who is turning 5 years old this summer is still in his regular car seat whenever he rides in the SUV although he uses a booster seat when he rides in his dad's hybrid. My daughter, meanwhile, is 4'10" and is tall enough not to use one. If you need more info, you can go to the NHTSA website. Meanwhile, I am currently looking for the best auto insurance companies and see if I can get a lower rate for our car insurance.


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