95 Percent of Kids 4-8 Are Riding at Risk.
Could Yours Be One of Them?
You MUST read the owners manual for the child safety seat as well as your
vehicles owner manual to make sure you are installing the seat in the vehicle
correctly. If you have doubts that the seat is installed properly, call the
child safety seat manufacturer and/or your automobile manufacturer.
Car booster seats can protect kids from severe spinal cord injuries, abdominal
injuries and ejection in a crash. Most state child occupant protections laws,
including Missouri, do not protect kids after the age of 4.
But studies have shown that children in the 4-8 age group are more at risk
for injuries because lap/shoulder belts in vehicles were designed for adults.
Children fit properly into a safety belt when:
- The shoulder belt fits snugly across the center of the shoulder, not across
the neck or face;
- Their knees bend over the seat while sitting as far back as possible without
- And, the lap belt fits low across the upper thighs, not up on the abdomen
Kids should be in car booster seats if they:
- Are too big for a car seat
- Weigh about 40-80 pounds
- Booster seats must be used with lap and shoulder belts. Car booster seats
lift the child up making the safety belt fit correctly.
Don't let kids put shoulder belts under their arms or behind their backs. Kids
who misuse belts this way receive no upper body protection and may be at higher
risk for severe chest injuries (broken ribs, punctured lungs).
There are two types of car booster seats to use depending on your car.
||High-back booster seat.
If your cars seat back is lower than your child's ears, use this
high back booster seat to help protect your child's head and neck.
Platform booster seat.
If your car's seat back is higher than your child's ears,
you can use a platform booster seat.
If your child is over 40 pounds and you have only lap belts in the
back seat of your car, you may:
- Buy a special car seat for kids who weigh more than 40 pounds;
- Correctly restrain your child in a booster seat in the front seat using
a lap/shoulder belt and move the vehicle seat as far back as possible; or,
- Contact an auto dealership about installing shoulder belts.
- You can also call the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration,
NHTSA, at 1-888-327-4236 to learn more about booster seats in your vehicle.
Car Seat Information - Infant Seat - Convertible
Seat - Booster Seat