A Parent's Guide to Booster Seats - Page 5

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Buckle Everyone. Children Age 12
and Under in Back!
Infants Toddler/ Preschool Young Children
Age and Weight Birth to at least 1 year and 20-22 lbs. Over 20 lbs. to about 40 lbs. and over 1 year. Over 40 lbs. up to about 80 lbs. or more.
Type of Seat Infant only or rear-facing converible Converible/ Forward-facing Belt positioning booster seat
Seat Position Rear-facing only Forward-facing Forward-facing
Always Make Sure: Children to at least 1 year and at least 20 lbs. in rear-facing seats.

Harness straps at or below shoulder level.
Harness straps should be at or above shoulder.

Most seats require top slot for forward-facing.
Belt positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belt.
WARNING! Do not place infants in the front seat of cars with air bags. All children age 12 and under ride in the back seat. Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight to avoid abdominal injuries.
Always fill out the registration card that comes with the seat in case of a recall.

Source:National Highway Traffic Safety Administration