When do you use a booster seat? Types of booster seats you can use banner
drawings of the types of booster seats you can use
HIGH-BACK BELT-POSITIONING BOOSTER SEATS
Two types of high-back belt-positioning booster seats are available. This type of seat "boosts" your child up so the vehicle seat belt fits better.
 
One is used only with a lap/shoulder belt and provides head and neck support for your child if your vehicle seat back does not have a head restraint.
   
The other converts from a forward-facing toddler seat to a booster seat and comes equipped with a harness. This type can be used as a forward-facing toddler seat when your child is age one to about age four and at least 20 to about 40 pounds. When your child outgrows the toddler seat, remove the harness to use the seat as a booster seat with the vehicle's lap/shoulder belt. When using the harness, the seats are attached using the vehicle seat belt system and a top tether anchor, if the vehicle has one, or attached with the LATCH system, (for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children).
 
NO-BACK BELT-POSITIONING BOOSTER SEAT
These seats are used with a lap/shoulder belt.
They are for use in vehicles with built-in head restraints.

After your child outgrows the child safety seat.

Children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly restrained in booster seats until they are at least eight years old, unless they are 4'9" tall.

- National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA)

4 types of car restraints for children: rear-facing infant seats, forward-facing toddler seats, booster seats, and seat belts REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS in the pack seat from birth to at least one year old and at least 20 pounds
FORWARD-FACING TODDLER SEATS in the back seat from age one to about age four and 20 to 40 pounds
BOOSTER SEATS in the back seat from about age four and 40 pounds to at least age eight, unless 4'9" All booster seats are required by law to comply with the same safety standards as child safety seats.
Your booster seat must have a label stating that it meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Safety Tips for Booster Seats

Always use both the lap AND shoulder belt—never just a lap belt.

The shoulder belt should never be placed behind a child's back or under the arm. If you do, your child could be seriously injured or killed in a crash.

Replace a booster seat that has been in a crash—the seat might have defects that you can't see.

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SEAT BELTS at age eight or older or taller than 4'9". All children 12 and under should ride in the back seat.
Because many state laws
only require children to be in
a safety seat up to age 4 or
so, many parents assume
older kids are safe in just a
seat belt. However, all
children need to be
restrained right whenever
they ride in a motor vehicle.
Less than 10% of
children ages 4-8 use
booster seats
Graphical representation of caption: "Less than 10% of children ages 4-8 use booster seats
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