Parents care most and foremost about their kids’ safety, which is why they pay special attention to what car seats they use. Federal regulations regarding car seats for children are very strict and they also act as guidelines for parents so they know when to get a different kind of car seat for their kids as they grow up. One of the most important questions asked by parents is when to switch their kids to a booster car seat. While manufacturers usually have pretty straightforward information on this issue, it serves to know more about the matter before hurrying to the store to make a purchase.
There are states where the age restriction for moving the kid to a booster seat was raised to 7-8 years of age. According to statistics, the rate of fatal or serious injuries in children fell by 17% as a result of this measure. In other states, the age for a switch to a booster seat is lower, but these figures show that the more you postpone the time when you decide to get a different kind of seat for your child, the safer your choice will be.
The general rule says that kids who are 5 years of age and up can use a booster seat until they reach the height and weight necessary for using the seat belt installed on the vehicle. If you have doubts about what this means, these are the details to look for: when your child sits in the back, the safety belt should come across the chest, not the neck and the lap belt must come across the thighs and not the stomach. As you may have already guessed, children who grow faster and are tall for their age may be switched to booster, and later to no special car seat at all.