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Belt Positioning Booster Seats

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Updated September 30, 2012

Definition: Belt Positioning Booster Seats

Boosts child up providing a higher sitting height, which allows the adult lap and shoulder belt to fit properly

Used Forward-Facing Only

  • Kids should sit in a booster seat until they are "old enough and large enough" for seat belts to protect them properly, which usually isn't until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall (57 inches) and are between 8 and 12 years old.
  • According to the latest car seat guidelines, kids can move to a belt-positioning booster seat when they reach the weight and height harness strap limits of their forward-facing car seat.
  • Can only be used with the adult lap and shoulder belt. Never with a lap belt only.
  • Provides the child a higher sitting height, which allows the adult lap and shoulder belt to fit properly.
  • The shoulder belt should cross the chest, resting snugly on the shoulder, and the lap belt should rest low across the upper thighs. Never up high across the stomach.
  • Styles include high-back, no back, and base only. A high-back booster provides head support not provided by vehicle seats with low backs or no head restraints.
  • The mid-point of the back of the child’s head (ear level) should not be above the vehicle seat back cushion or the back of the high back booster.

Featured Belt Positioning Booster car seats:

adapted from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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