Booster Flyer 2014 - Kansas Booster Seat
Give your
child a
BOOST
4 Steps for Kids
Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat. There
are different types of rear-facing car seats. Infant-only seats can only be used rearfacing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits
for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer
period of time.
A rear-facing car seat is the best seat for your young child to use. It has a harness and in
a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to the child’s fragile neck
and spinal cord.
Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe.
Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height
or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the
rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a
harness in the back seat.
A forward-facing car seat has a harness and tether that limits your child’s forward movement during a crash.
Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the
top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child
outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat,
but still in the back seat.
A booster seat positions the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of
your child’s body.
Kansas law requires use of a car seat or booster seat until your child is at
least 8 years old OR 4’9” tall OR weighs 80 pounds.
Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt
properly. For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper
thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and
chest and not cross the neck or face.
Remember, your child should still ride in the back seat until age 13 because it’s safer for
children to ride as far away from the airbags as possible.
Traffic Safety
Resource OFFICE
KANSAS
www.ktsro.org
www.KansasCarSeatCheck.org
for the location of the nearest child seat inspection station.
KSA 8-1343
www.kansasboosterseat.org
NOTE: This information is available in alternative accessible formats. To obtain an alternative format, contact KDOT Public Affairs,
Eisenhower Building, 700 SW Harrison 2nd floor West, Topeka, KS 66603-3754, or (785) 296-3585 (Voice)/Hearing Impaired - 711.
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