Is your child buckled appropriately in their booster seat? According to a survey by Safe Kids Worldwide, car crashes are the leading cause of death for children. It is crucial that all kids ages 4-11 use a child car booster seat for every ride unless “the child is over 65 pounds. Each car seat has a weight limit the exact height and weight is usually listed on the car seat.
Another survey completed by Bubblebum indicated that out of 500 adults ages 25-55, 64.1 percent didn’t know that a car booster seat is boosted up to prevent a child from slouching to bend their legs over the edge of the car seat. Slumping causes slack into the belt path and can lead to submarining. The seat belt tends to slide above the pelvis and into the abdominal area. This is extremely dangerous, as it can cause abdominal injury in the event of an accident.
So here are a few tips to safely use car booster seats and car seats. “Infants less than 20 pounds should be in rear-facing convertible seats with harness strapped at or below shoulder level. Children are best kept rear-facing until at least the age of two. Toddlers 20-40 pounds should be in forward-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or above the shoulders. Young children more than 40 pounds should use a forward-facing belt positioning booster seat with the lap belt fitting low and tight across the lap and upper thigh areas and shoulder belt snug across that chest and shoulder.” If you are not sure, Safe Kids Worldwide provides a car seat checklist and certified child passenger safety technicians to assist.
Are you a parent who travels or is constantly on the go—-going from vehicle to vehicle? Stationary booster seats can be a hassle when changing vehicles or traveling. For your child’s safety Bubblebum has an inflatable booster seat which makes traveling easy and your child is sure to be safe when flying, riding in cabs, rental cars, or a friend’s vehicle.
The Bubblebum booster seat is safe and has won the gold in the National Parents Publications Awards and was twice announced as an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) best bet in their booster seat evaluation report, where they branded Bubblebum as on the best for safety.
Keep this in mind, statistic proves car booster seats improve a child’s safety by 59 percent.
Parents your next concern might be, how to determine your child no longer needs a car booster seat. There is a five step test to determine. If your child sits with his or her back against the vehicle seat, knees bend at the edge of the seat, lap belt is low on the top of the thighs, shoulder belt sits between the neck and shoulder, and your child does not slouch or lean out of the seat belt. Your child has graduated to sitting safely in the seat.