It is common knowledge that when a baby goes home from the hospital, an infant car seat is required. Babies are unable to support themselves in an upright position, and so the use of a car seat is required to keep an infant safe while in a vehicle. The next step, as a baby outgrows the size of an infant carrier/seat, is to install a booster seat in your car. Using a booster seat can be confusing, because the safety features provided do not seem to be more than that of a typical seat belt, and because children grow at different rates it can be hard to know at what age to stop using a booster seat. In order to keep your children safe, some general rules on booster seat use are helpful.
To learn the facts on proper booster seat use, one needs look no further than to the NHTSA for guidance:
- Size matters: a booster seat is recommended to be used until your child is tall enough that their shoulders are above the top slot of where the seatbelt is affixed in your car.
- A booster seat without a back should only be used in cars that have head and neck support.
- Booster seats must be fastened by use of a lap AND shoulder restraint belt, and not just a lap belt.
A general rule of thumb is that a child who is at least 4 foot 9 inches tall prior to age 8, can use an adult seat belt without the added use of a booster. When in doubt, use a booster to ensure your child’s safety. A booster seat can provided added protection if you are in an accident, and help prevent injury. If you do happen to get into an accident with your child in the car, be sure the proper medical care is provided and then do the things necessary to seek compensation for your injuries as well as those of your child. A qualified personal injury attorney can help. Call us today to discuss your case.
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