Booster car seats are designed for children who are between the ages of 4-6 and have outgrown their forward facing car seat. The safest booster car seats are designed to raise your child up to the level that allows the lap and shoulder belts to fit properly around your child. Booster seats should be used until your child can use the lap and shoulder belts of your vehicle correctly without them. The lap belt should rest across your child’s upper thighs and the shoulder belt should cross the middle of your child’s chest and shoulder. If your seatbelt is close to or touching your child’s neck or waist then you need to purchase a booster seat.
There are two different types of booster seats. High back booster seats provide back rest and support for your child. Backless boosters seats allow your child to use the seat of your car as back support. Regardless of the type the safest booster car seats typically include a clip to lock the booster into place which ensures proper use. Both types of boosters are designed to allow your child to fit properly in the seat belt of your vehicle. High backed boosters are great for cars that do not have head rests. Backless boosters are usually less expensive and are extremely easy to move from vehicle to vehicle.
Much like car seats the safest booster car seats must be chosen carefully and specifically for your child. You need to take the time to research brands and specific models of seats. You should rule out companies who make products that are often recalled. You should also rule out seats that are made cheaply. While money may be important, there is no price for your child’s safety. You can find extremely good quality car seats for relatively low prices. You must know which types of seats work best in your vehicle as well as with your child. Once purchasing a car seat you must follow all instructions from the manual to ensure you are using it in the safest way possible.