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Basics for your everyday Booster Seat and Portable Seat Vest Needs

According to Booster Seats 4 Safety, which has videos demonstrating proper and improper seat belt and vest usage, “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children, due in large part to the nonuse or improper use of child seats and seat belts.” They also provide a few notable facts...


Booster Seat Facts:

  • Using a booster seat with a lap/shoulder belt instead of just a safety belt reduces injury by 45% for 4 to 8-year-olds.
  • Booster seat weight and height ranges vary greatly. Read labels to determine the correct seat for age, weight, and height.
  • Lap and shoulder belts are required with booster seats. If you have only lap belts in your car, there are some alternatives, including having shoulder belts installed in your vehicle, using a safety seat with a harness system that goes up to high weights (e.g., 85 lbs.), or using a travel vest
  • Children should ride in booster seats in the back seat until the seat belt fits properly. For most children, they will not be big enough for a seat belt until they are between 8 and 12 years of age.


Every year, a great many little youngsters are executed or harmed in vehicle crashes. Legitimate utilization of vehicle safety seats helps guard kids in everyday vehicle usages. 


The kind of seat your youngster needs relies upon a few things, including your kid's age, size, and formative needs... data made available from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about picking the most suitable vehicle security seat for your kid. 


Travel vests: 

Vests can be worn by kids 22 to 168 pounds and can be an alternative to customary front aligned seats. They are helpful for when a vehicle has lap-just safety belts in the back, for kids with certain exceptional needs, or for kids whose weight has surpassed that permitted via vehicle security seats. These vests normally require utilization of a top tie. 


According to Healthy Children.org, an adult seat belt fits correctly when:

  1. The shoulder belt lies across the middle of the chest and shoulder, not the neck or throat.
  2. The lap belt is low and snug across the upper thighs, not the belly. 
  3. Your child is tall enough to sit against the vehicle seat back with her knees bent over the edge of the seat without slouching and can comfortably stay in this position throughout the trip.​

Car Safety Now provides an evidence based and simple-to-use test for determining when it’s right for your child to go without the booster seat:


Safety Belt Fit Test (Y/N questions; if any answer is No, the person is not ready to stop using booster seats)

  1. When sitting all the way back in the vehicle seat, do your child’s knees bend at the edge of the seat and footrest flat on the floor?
  2. Does the shoulder belt cross the center of the chest and rest on the shoulder (not the neck)?
  3. Does the lap belt fit low and snug across the hips, touching the upper thighs?
  4. Can your child stay seated like this for the entire trip?


A child passenger safety technician (CPST or CPS technician) can assist you with choosing which spot is ideal to introduce your kid's vehicle safety seat in your specific vehicle.

June 30, 2020 — Niomi Thompson