Booster Seat FAQs
When should my child transition from a car seat to a booster seat?
If the child has outgrown the harness in their car seat, you’ll want to consider another car seat or look into a booster seat with a harness. Parents should also make sure that the child is at least 35-inches tall and at least 40 pounds to meet most booster seat manufacturer’s requirements.
How long does my child need to be a booster seat?
Your child should remain in a booster seat until their knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat. Their back should also fit against the seat without their legs and feet dangling for them to ride without a kid booster seat safely.
What are the height and weight requirements for standard kid booster seats?
Any child at least 40 pounds and 35 inches tall should be in a booster seat, preferably one with a backrest and adjustable harness. Most children are at least 4 years old when they first use a kid booster seat.
How do I install the booster seat correctly?
The NHTSA recommends six simple steps to safely and easily install your kid booster seat. Start by reading the manufacturer’s guide to properly place the seat in your car. Remember to place it in the backseat. The booster seat should fit flat in your car’s seat. Once your child sits in the seat, most instructions advise you to use your car’s seat belt to buckle in your child. If there are other harnesses and seat belts for the booster seat, please follow the manual and use those properly. The belts should fit snug, but comfortable. Adjust the lap and shoulder belt as needed, and you’re ready to go.