If you’re shopping for a booster seat, check the newest report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety before you buy. They rate seats based on how likely the seatbelt will fit your child properly. Remember that boosters are not a car seat, rather they help position your child so the seatbelt fits them properly. The minimum recommendations for using a booster is 4 years AND 40 pounds. Children should not stop using a booster until they pass the five step test.
This is the five step test, it may vary from car to car. For example, your child may need a booster in one car and not the other. Seat belts save lives, but can injure your child if not used properly. That includes putting the belt behind their arm or back!
For more information on booster seats and how to use them properly, check out Safe Kids’ site.
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—Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System