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Installation Checklist 5: Belt-Positioning Booster Seat
Important: This is a general checklist designed to be used in combination with your vehicle
owner’s manual and your booster seat instruction manual. To get the most out of this
checklist, have those manuals handy for quick reference.
Minnesota's child passenger safety law requires a child who is both under age 8 and
shorter than 4 feet 9 inches to be fastened in a child safety seat or booster. Under this law,
a child cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall — whichever
comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather
than their age. (Check the instruction book or label of the child safety seat to be sure it is
the right seat for your child’s weight and height.)
Booster seats are used by children who have outgrown a car seat with a harness. Most
children under the age of eight are not big enough to fit the vehicle seat belt properly. In
fact, they can be injured by the belt in a crash. A booster seat makes a safety belt fit
correctly on a child’s body. The booster seat’s design helps keep the lap belt low on the
hips and the shoulder belt across the chest (rather than across the neck). It also makes
children more comfortable: the raised base gives them a better view and allows their legs
to bend normally. There are two types of boosters: high-back and no-back.
No-back booster (can be used if you
have head restraints in your vehicle)
High-back booster (typically used with or without
vehicle head restraints, see booster seat
instruction manual)
___ 1) Check that the seat is correct for child’s weight and height.
High-back and no-back booster seats are for children who have outgrown harnessed car
seats but are not large enough for the vehicle's lap and shoulder belt system. (Height and
weight limits vary by manufacturer; check labels on the booster seat for specific limits.) Use
a booster seat until the child reaches the upper weight limit or can pass the seat belt fit test.
The lap belt should stay low on the hips and the shoulder belt should cross the chest and
shoulder comfortably. Most children do not fit the vehicle seat belt until ages eight to ten,
with a minimum height of four feet nine inches.
___ 2) Place the booster seat in the back seat of the vehicle.
Place the booster seat in a seating position equipped with a lap and shoulder belt.
Booster seats cannot be used with a lap belt only. (The front passenger seat may be
an option if the back seat is equipped with lap belts only.) Vehicles with lap belts only.
The booster seat should face the front of the vehicle.
You must check labels on the booster seat, the booster seat instruction manual and
the vehicle owner’s manual for directions.
Position the booster seat so the child rides sitting upright–see photo.
___ 3) Buckle the child into the booster seat.
Place the lap and shoulder belt across the child and buckle the safety belt.
Adjust the lap belt for a snug fit across the child’s upper thighs, not across the
abdomen.
Adjust the shoulder belt and thread it through the shoulder belt positioner on the
booster seat if necessary. The shoulder portion of the seat belt must lay snug and
diagonal from the shoulder point to the hip point.
Buckle in the booster seat during travel, even when no child is riding in it.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
See how to do it on video: "Booster Seats for Your 4- to 8-year-old Child" linked from http://www.c
http://www.chop.edu/carseat
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