Health Tip: Strap Big Kids in a Booster Seat
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By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Children who have grown too big for a traditional child car seat can still be protected by using a booster seat.
The SafeKids.org website offers these booster-seat suggestions:
- Make sure the lap band of the seat belt fits snugly across the hips, and that the shoulder belt rests across the shoulder (never place it under the arm or behind the back).
- Your child should ride in a booster seat until he or she is about 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs between 80 pounds and 100 pounds.
- Make sure that anyone who drives your child knows to use a booster seat.
- Don't transition from the booster seat until: your child's knees bend at the edge of the seat; the lap belt fits snugly across the top part of the thigh; and the shoulder belt fits properly across the chest and shoulder.
- Kids normally outgrow booster seats and can safely fit in a seatbelt between the ages of 8 and 12.
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