For Your 4- to 8-year-old Child | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Car Seat Safety for Kids

Booster Seats for Your 4- to 8-year-old Child


Belt-positioning booster seat

When used correctly, a belt-positioning booster seat prevents injuries in a crash. A booster seat raises your child up so that the vehicle's lap and shoulder belt is properly positioned across your child's hips and chest and away from his belly and neck.

CHOP Research has shown that the use of belt-positioning booster seats lowers the risk of injury to children aged 4-8 years by 45 percent compared with the use of seat belts alone. If the vehicle seat belt is at your child's belly rather than below the hip bones and touching the thighs, he could suffer damage to internal organs and/or a spinal injury if a crash occurs. Until your child is big enough, he needs a boost.

Booster seat safety tips

The following are some important booster seat safety tips to help keep your child safe:

Make sure to follow booster seat safety tips to help keep your child safe.

Types of booster seats

Choosing a belt-positioning booster seat

Follow these suggestions to help choose the best seat for your child:

Booster seat registration card

Don't forget to mail back the registration card. If you don't, you will not be notified if the booster seat is recalled or has other safety problems.

If you moved since you mailed the card, make sure you call your booster seat manufacturer to update your address.

If you misplaced the registration card that came with your booster seat, please download and complete this form and mail or fax it as instructed.

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Four Key Safety Tips

  • Restrain your child on every trip, every time.
  • Keep your child in the back seat.
  • Use the best safety restraint for your child's size.
  • Use child safety seats and seat belts correctly.

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