Child Booster Seat Safety to Prevent Injuries

Ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety take the guesswork out of selecting boosters most likely to provide good lap and shoulder belt fit in a range of vehicles.

Unlike child restraints with built-in harnesses, a booster seat relies on a vehicle safety belt to buckle the child in. Its purpose is to make the adult belt fit the child better. Booster seats are for kids who have outgrown their forward-facing restraints.

Proper fit is key

IIHS ratings identified boosters most likely to provide good lap and shoulder belt fit. Safety belts are designed with adults in mind, not kids, but when a booster seat is doing its job, the vehicle belt will fit a child correctly. That means the lap belt willl lie flat across a child’s upper thighs, not across the soft abdomen, and the shoulder belt will cross snugly over the middle of a child’s shoulder.

The Institute puts the booster seats it tests into 4 categories:

Checking booster fit: Both the lap and shoulder belts must fit your child correctly.

Lap belt fit — The lap belt should lie flat and on top of the thighs, not higher up on the abdomen. 

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Good lap belt fit (shown above)
arm rest is removed to show belt position

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Poor lap belt fit (shown above) arm rest is removed
to show belt position

Shoulder belt fit — The shoulder belt should fit across the middle of the child’s shoulder. If it falls off the shoulder or rests on your child’s neck, it won’t work as well. An improper fit could encourage your child to move the belt to a dangerous position, such as behind the back or under the arm.

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Good Shoulder belt fit (shown above)

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Poor Shoulder Belt Fit (Shown above)

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