Booster Seats and Belts

What every parent needs to know about booster seat safety for kid’s sake.

Booster Seats and Belts

Has your child outgrown an infant car seat? Then it’s time to go out and purchase a booster seat, because strapping a child into a car without one is putting them at a very high risk of injury in the event of a crash. Pamela Fuselli, Executive Director of  SafeKids Canada, elaborates. “Generally we recommend that children who are over 40 pounds and that are under 4 foot 9 or 140 centimeters use booster seats. And really what the booster seat does is position the safety belt properly over the strongest part of the child’s body. And so, if they are in a crash that they don’t suffer internal injuries or neck injuries from the seat belt.”

And here’s how to use a booster seat correctly. “Make sure that the belt comes over the strongest part of their neck, that it isn’t cutting in to their neck or their chin, that it’s fitting across their pelvic bone properly and that they can bend their knees over the seat of the car.”

The Parent Reports guest expert is Pamella Fuselli, Executive Director of  SafeKids Canada.

Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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