Booster seats are an important safety accessory for any child who travels
by car. As a matter of fact, not only are booster seats important,
they are also required by law. Children who have outgrown their full
harness seats must continue to use booster seats until they reach certain
height and weight requirements. Unless they are at least 4'9" tall,
children between the ages of four and eight or weighing between 40 and 80
pounds should be properly restrained in a vehicle's rear seat in
belt-positioning booster seats. A booster seat is designed to make
the lap and shoulder belts fit a child correctly.
Two types of booster seats are available: high-back boosters and
low-back boosters. If your vehicle's seats do not have built-in
head restraints, a high-back booster seat is probably a good choice,
as it provides head and neck support for the child. A low-back
booster seat is for use in cars that have built-in head restraints.
Both types of booster seats use your car's lap belt or shoulder belt to
properly secure the child.
If you wonder whether your child still needs a booster seat,
ask yourself the following questions:
- Can the child sit all the way back in the seat?
- Do the child's knees reach the edge of the seat when he or she
is sitting all the way back, and do they bend comfortably?
- When the child is properly seated, does the belt cross
his or her body between the neck and arms?
- Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the child's thighs?
- Can the child stay comfortably seated in the proper position
during the entire car trip?
If you answered "no" to even one of these questions, then your child
still requires a belt-positioning booster seat.
BoosterSeats.us features convenient access to selected child booster seat
manufacturers and suppliers, as well as child seat safety information.
Two Types of Booster Seats (Low-Back and High-Back)
Booster Seat Manufacturers
- Britax USA
"First class travel for children." Features award-winning
booster seats and child car seats.
- Combi USA
Offers booster car seats, convertible car seats, and infant
- Cosco Kids
Booster car seats and convertible car seats featuring high back design.
- Dorel Juvenile Group
Designer of high back booster car seats that are licensed and developed by Dorel Industries.
This manufacturer of innovative infant and toddler equipment offers
a popular line of booster car seats.
- Graco Car Seats
Leading juvenile products company. Find the perfect
Graco child car seat for your little one.
Child Seat Safety
- Child Passenger Safety
Child safety seat information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Booster Seat Ease of Use Ratings
Booster seat usability ratings, in terms of labels, instructions, vehicle installation, and securing the child.
- Car Seat Safety
This article by the NHTSA highlights the selection and installation of car seats for children,
in the context of child safety when riding in a motor vehicle.
- Child Booster Seat Evaluations
From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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