May 7, 2001 at 6:42 PM CDT - Updated July 12 at 2:56 AM
Did You Know...
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children of every age from 5 to 14 years - a fact that can be linked, at least in part, to the reality that most kids are unbuckled or improperly restrained in vehicles. When children out-grow forward-facing child safety seats, they need to be restrained in belt-positioning booster seats - until they are big enough to fit properly in an adult seat belt.
In a Crash
On a small child, the adult lap belt rides up over the stomach and the shoulder belt cuts across the neck. In a crash, this could cause serious or even fatal injuries.
Children who should use a booster seat
A child who has outgrown a convertible child safety seat (about 40 lbs or 40 inches).
A child who weighs between about 40 and 80 lbs.
Usually a child who is about 4 to 8 years old and is at least 35 inches tall.
A child who cannot sit with his or her back straight against the vehicle seat back cushion or who cannot sit with knees bent over a vehicle's seat edge without slouching.
For maximum protection, keep a child in a forward-facing child safety seat with full harness as long as the child fits in the seat. (See the instructions for your child safety seat for best fit.)