Choosing the right booster seat for a growing child can be a mind-boggling experience. There are dozens of options available, and each one boasts different features. How can you decide which booster seat best fits the needs of your growing child and your family?
When choosing a booster seat for your child, consider the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and your experienced Dallas, Texas car accident attorney.
Measure Your Child
Know your child’s height and weight so you can choose a booster seat that fits him or her properly. If your child is on the “small” end of booster seat size requirements, consider finding a larger forward-facing car seat instead of a booster.
Examine Your Vehicle’s Seats
If your vehicle has low seat backs, you may need a highback booster seat. The back on these seats protects the child’s head, neck and spine from injury in an accident. If the seats in your vehicle offer protection for the head, neck and spine, however, a backless booster seat might be appropriate for your child.
If your child is still using a rear-facing or forward-facing child seat, a combination or all in one car seat might be a good choice. Combination seats can be used as forward-facing car seats and as booster seats, while all in one seats offer rear, front and booster options. Both seats are heavier and bulkier than a booster alone, however, making them harder to switch between multiple family vehicles. Read the manual carefully to ensure you’re using each seat in the right way.
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