Why we use booster seats
Booster Seats can be
purchased in many
large toy and other
retail stores.

Step 3: A Parent's Guide to Buying and Using Booster Seats

Photo of parent securing child into booster seat

Booster seat secured by a car shoulder strap

Seat belts are not designed for children. Young children are too small for seat belts and too large for toddler seats. A booster seat raises your child up so that the seat belt fits right—and can better protect your child. The sholder belt should cross the child's chest and rest snugly on the shoulder, and the lap belt should rest low across the pelvis or hip area—never across the stomach area. Your child's ears shouldn't be higher than the vehicle's seat back cushion or the back of a high-back booster seat.

Need help with your booster seat? Visit a child safety seat inspection station or a certified child passenger safety technician near you. To find one, go to www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps and click on the Child Safety Seat Inspections button or all 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

silouhette of two cars crashing headlong into each other More than 40% of
children under eight who die or
suffer incapacitating injuries in
fatal crashes are completely
unrestrained. (NHTSA)

For more information about booster seats
and other child passenger safety issues,
go to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) web site at:
or call NHTSA's toll-free hotline at
1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

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