When to move your child from a booster seat to seat belt
Recently a study was performed by a group called Safe Kids Worldwide, in conjunction with the United States’ National Child Passenger Safety Week from September fourteenth to the twentieth, in which they were determining how safe children were in their vehicle. As it turns out, the study found that nine out of ten parents were moving their children up far too early. So we’re going to give you a bit of information about when its safe to move your child from a booster seat to just the seat belt.
Many parents think that simply by a certain age, or by eyeballing their size, they know when its safe for their child to move on from the booster seat. But in actuality, there are specific numbers that should be followed before moving your child up. Children should remain in their booster seats until they reach a height of 4’ 7” and weigh anywhere from eighty to one hundred pounds. Moving them up before then could be detrimental in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Just because your vehicle is offering more safety features than ever, does not mean that your small child is as safe as you or other adults within the confines of these advanced new vehicles. Car seats and booster seats are advancing at a similar rate as your vehicle, so utilizing them as long as you can is definitely recommended. Sometimes just using your best judgment isn’t good enough, and when it comes to the safety of your children you need to use more than that.
There are plenty of places out there that sell car seats and booster seats alike, so you should certainly look into purchasing one if you don’t have one for your child. If you have any further questions about child safety or how you can better protect your children, feel free to give us a call and we’ll make sure to help you to the best of our abilities. Safety is always first.