Don’t skip the booster!
Did you know that children are more at risk for injury if they are only using a seat belt when riding in a vehicle? A recent Canadian survey revealed that although four out of five parents said they supported a booster seat law, only 30 per cent of Canadian children aged four to eight actually use boosters.
Boosters lower injury risk
Seatbelts are an effective safety device, but they’re designed for adults. When a child is too small for a seat belt, it cuts across his or her neck and rides up on the abdomen. A serious collision could result in injuries to the ribs, neck, spine, brain and internal organs. A booster seat raises the child up so the belt fits properly. It also means he or she can see out the window, which makes for a more enjoyable journey while keeping them safe.
Children should use a booster seat until all of the following apply*:
- They reach nine years of age
- They have a seated height of 74 cm (29 in.) or are at least 4′ 9″ tall
- They can sit all the way back against the vehicle seat with knees bent comfortably over the edge
- The lap belt rests across the upper thighs
- The shoulder belt is centred on the shoulder and chest
- The child can stay seated like this for the whole trip
Give your kids a safety boost and buckle up. For more information about car seat safety, visit www.infantandtoddlersafety.ca.
*These recommendations are made by the Infant and Toddler Safety Association and do not necessarily reflect legislation in your area.