A booster seat raises your child up so that the car's lap and shoulder belts fit correctly. The lap belt should fall across the upper thighs. The shoulder belt should go across the middle of the shoulder and chest.
A booster seat is used for older children up to about 80 pounds. Some states have passed laws requiring booster seats for children up to age 8 or 80 pounds. Check your state's law.
Remember, the best child safety seat is the one that fits your child properly, is easy to use and fits in your vehicle correctly. The best way to ensure a proper fit in your vehicle is to try installing the child seat before purchasing. Contact your local police or first station for help installing your specific seat. Many stations have free programs to show you how to do this.
If you install your seat yourself, have it checked at a child safety seat inspection station or by a certified child passenger safety technician. To find one near you, visit nhtsa.dot.gov
(The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or seatcheck.org
. You can also call 1-888-DASH-2-DOT or 1-866-SEATCHECK.