Firstly, let’s take a quick look at what a Booster seat actually is. Booster seats are simply seats which allow your child freedom of movement but at the same time provide protection. This type of car safety sear is best described as midway between the total restraint given by the infant seat, and a more breathable restraint that we have with the adult seatbelt.
There’s been a lot of controversy in recent years about the safety of some Booster car seats and also about parents buying the wrong size and type for their developing toddlers. With regards to the former, most seats of these types now meet international standards, and because of independent reviews, both online and in publications, it’s really easy to be able to make an informed decision prior to purchase.
As parents, the first thing you need to consider carefully while out shopping for a child safety seat, is the need to pick a model that best fits your baby according to his or her age and height and weight. Once you have your booster seat, it should be used in the back seat of the car, never the front.
When should I put my child in a Booster Car Seat?
It is recommended that when your child reaches about 40 pounds in weight, it is time to move him or her out of a convertible car seat and into a booster. Your child’s size and weight are important when choosing a booster seat, and most models are designed to accommodate kids from about 30 to 80 pounds. The specific instructions are can be found on the labels on the seat and will also be crossed referenced in the instruction booklet that is provided with the product.
When is it safe to move the Child from Booster to Car Seat?
Some countries now recognize that child safety seats of some kind should be used for all children under the age of 12, unless they are taller than 135 cm or 4ft 5in tall. Statistics have reported that children of 12 years and under are more secure in child seats than the standard seats. The UK government actually made this law in 2006. They said that putting kids into adequately protected child seating could save as many as 2,000 children a year from death or injury in road accidents.
Clunk Click Every Trip!
Today there are less than 10% of children between the ages 4 – 8 years that use a booster seat when riding in cars. For the sake of safe travelling we need to make sure that our kids clunk click every trip into adequate seating. Have you installed Booster Car Seats for Your Kids Safety?
For more information on cars and car safety read the article on the Baby Car Seat, plus another take on Booster Car Seats and a piece on the pros and cons of buying Cheap Tires and Wheels. All this and more at keeping Cars dot com