- SAFETY IN A BOOSTER SEAT
Booster Seats: What Are They?
Safety seats for children in cars are known as “booster seats.” When a youngster outgrows their car seat, it’s time to switch to a booster seat.
Instead of resting on a vulnerable area of the body like the ribs or neck, seatbelts placed on youngsters in booster seats help prevent serious injury.
Picking the Right Booster Seat
- Look for seats marked “FMVSS 213” on their labels for your peace of mind.
- It’s best to avoid using a used booster seat at all costs.
- Older or crash-damaged seats should not be utilized again. They are no longer safe to sit in (it could be unsafe, even if it looks OK).
- When purchasing seats, you don’t want to buy ones that lack parts, aren’t marked with the year of production and model number, or don’t come with an instruction manual. You’ll never know if there are any recalls.
- The “expiration date” recommended by the manufacturer is printed on the seat. If you’re not sure of a center’s past or current situation, don’t go there.
- It’s essential that you contact the manufacturer to find out how long you can use the seat and if there have been any recalls on the product. Memories are regular, and you should check with the manufacturer to see if a new model or replacement item is available.
There are Many Styles of Booster Seats.
Shapes and sizes range from little to large:
Children can safely use the lap and shoulder restraint systems in their cars with the use of a belt placement booster. They are available with or without a back:
- When the backs of the seats in the automobile are low, a high-back booster is recommended.
- If the vehicle’s rear seat or head support is providing appropriate support for the child’s head, a backless booster can be used.
High-back seats with a five-point safety harness are known as “combination seats.” Depending on the age and size of the child, the straps on this booster seat can be removed. A five-point harness should be used if your child weighs more than 40 pounds.
Talk to your car dealer if your vehicle does not have backseat shoulder belts. Keeping children in a forward-facing seat with a full harness is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) when that isn’t an option.
In What Ways Do Booster Seats Work?
- Before installing a booster seat in your automobile, read the owner’s manual for both the vehicle and the booster seat thoroughly. Seatbelt use with a safety seat might be explained in your car’s owner’s handbook.
- The booster seat should be installed in the back seat facing the driver. A lap and shoulder belt should be used to secure it in this position.
- Each time you use the safety seat, ensure sure it is in the correct position.
- Make sure your child’s safety seat is placed correctly by visiting a child safety inspection station.
To ensure the safety of your child’s booster seat, follow these guidelines:
- Make sure you read the instructions for the booster seat thoroughly.
- Make sure the child’s hips are covered by the lap belt and that it is snugly fastened around their waist.
- Keep the shoulder belt from rubbing against your child’s neck or face.
- Always lay the shoulder and lap belts flat. Never twist or drag them.
The need to buckle up can begin to sink in at this age, and some children may wish to buckle themselves in. Remember to check their seat belts and reward them for doing so on their own.
Is there a specific age at which booster seats are no longer necessary?
When the following circumstances are met, a booster seat can be removed from a child’s car:
- They can use the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belts with ease if they sit with their backs on the seat back and their legs bent over the heart’s edge.
- Low on top of your thighs and comfortable over your chest is how the lap belt and shoulder belt are positioned.
- They are able to remain in this position for the whole of the journey. This often occurs between 8 and 12 when a youngster reaches a height of 4’9″ (approximately 150 centimeters).
Using a seatbelt can save your life.
Put the shoulder strap of a child’s seatbelt around their neck or behind their back. Never buckle up two toddlers or adults in the same car seat. Their brains may make contact if they collide.
Don’t forget to bring an extra booster seat just in case you don’t know if a child is tall enough for the one you’ve chosen. As long as the child isn’t tall enough to wear a seat belt, it’s always best to be safe than risk their safety.
What About the Airbags?
Adults and teenagers are protected from severe injury when airbags are used with seatbelts. They have saved countless lives and prevented significant damage. However, young children in the front passenger seat are at risk of severe injury or death if the airbag deploys.
Adults were the target audience for airbags. To protect an average-sized, 165-pound (75-kilogram) male against injury, they must open with enormous force (up to 200 miles per hour). While adults and older children can handle this kind of power, little children may suffer head and neck injuries as a result.
By following these guidelines, you can keep your children safe from airbag injuries:
- It’s best to put booster seats at the back of the vehicle. If you must position the passenger seat in the front of a two-seater car, it should be pushed back as far as possible.
- A passenger-side airbag can be temporarily disabled by installing a manual cutoff switch, thanks to federal law. Use the NHTSA-recommended cutoff switch if you have to put a child in a booster seat in the front seat and have a car with this feature. When you remove the booster seat, turn the airbag back on.
- At least one person should be in the back of the vehicle for all youngsters under the age of 13. Every passenger must use a seatbelt at all times.