Most children are steady enough for all types of boosters by 18 months of age . However, larger toddlers may be too big for some booster seats .
Children aged between 4 years and 7 years must be restrained in an approved forward-facing restraint or booster seat .
This is usually not until at least age five. Three - year - olds are not ready to ride in a booster seat , even if they fit within the manufacturer’s height and weight guidelines.
When your child reaches the highest weight or height limit allowed for his forward-facing child safety seat with a harness, he should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap and shoulder belt (adult seat belt) fits properly, typically when he reaches 4 feet 9 inches in height and is between 8 and 12
Any child at least 40 pounds and 35 inches tall should be in a booster seat , preferably one with a backrest and adjustable harness. Most children are at least 4 years old when they first use a kid booster seat .
A child is ready to ride in the vehicle without a booster seat when the vehicle seat belt fits properly. This is typically when a child is 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall and between 8 and 12 years of age. Until you can check all 5 boxes, your child should continue to use a booster seat .
The short answer is yes. Children must use an appropriate child car seat if they’re under 150cm in height or weigh less than 36 kg (generally children up to 11/12 years of age).
Backless booster seats are still certified to be safe, legal and available to buy (for children over a certain weight and height), as long as they conform to the current law .
Children aged 7 years and over can travel in the front seat . However, research shows that children under 12 years are much safer travelling in the back seat . Research shows adult seatbelts only start to fit people properly when they reach this height. That’s when a seatbelt sits across the strongest bones of the body.
Here are the general requirements for backless booster seats: Backless booster seat age requirements: From the time kids surpass the weight or height limits allowed by their car seat to about 8 to 12 years of age (depending on the child’s size).
Ideally a 5 year old should be in a forward facing 5 -point harness car seat . That can either be a convertible car seat (rear facing/forward facing), a combination car seat (forward facing/ booster seat ) or an all-in-one car seat (rear facing/forward facing/ booster seat ).
Consumer Reports says high - backed boosters are safer than backless ones because they do a better job of properly positioning the seat belt across the child’s chest, hips and thighs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says booster seats can reduce a child’s risk of serious injury by 45 percent.
All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age .
Booster seat : When your child is at least 18 kg (40 lb) and at least 4 years old , and has outgrown their forward-facing car seat with a 5 -point harness, they may be ready to move to a belt-positioning booster seat . To safely use a booster seat , your child must be able to sit correctly.
Children need to ride in a booster seat until the seat belt fits right, when they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall, about 80 pounds and 8 years old .