A booster seat is an additional seat or cushion placed on a vehicle’s existing seat for a small child to sit upon. One of the great misconceptions is that booster seats are just for little kids.
Sure, they are vital for children under the age of four, but many parents feel they should be phased out after that. However, when parents do not follow the advice of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, state law, and car seat makers, there is a risk.
All parents need to lower the risk of injuries to children as much as possible.
It’s not always black and white when picking a car seat or phasing one out. There are certain ages and weights where it is not so clear whether a kid should sit in a separate booster seat. This choice is where the advice of experts comes in handy. In most cars, 4 feet 9 inches is the minimum height to start using the traditional three-point belt.
Using it when shorter causes potential injury, including decapitation. Even worse, in some cases where the wrong belt is worn, airbag damage is also possible. There are several options available.
In other cases, a booster seat might still be needed, even for a shorter adult. I’m not talking about the big one you lugged for your three-year-old. A smaller, NHTSA-approved booster can ensure that your little one is tall enough to use the seat belt efficiently. Each one of these options provides a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone. They might not be too thrilled with using a booster, but you’ll both be glad that you did.
Sometimes you don’t know just how much having kids will change your life until you do. Some of the changes are a bit more subtle. Some things you don’t think about until after they happen. A good example is preparing a car for young ones.
Often this is one of the last thoughts on your mind. Perhaps you picked out the first car seat you saw and called it a day. Sorry, new parent. It’s not that easy. There’s plenty of other things to consider.
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A car before and after parenthood might look the same from the outside. But the inside and how you drive it can change a lot. Gone are the old McDonald’s wrappers and grocery bags out of the back seat. Here comes the new child’s car seat.
With all of the changes, there’s a couple of things you have to remember:
You’re thinking about changing out your car to meet the needs of your expanding family. It would be best if you had space and more. For a family car, you are likely looking for the safest possible vehicle for the value. Some of the most reliable cars on the market are also within reasonable price ranges.
We’ve taken the trouble of finding some of the safest cars that also values insofar as pricing is concerned. Read on further and learn some of the ways to keep your family safe.
It’s hard to choose just one vehicle, but you’ll only be driving one with your family. US News and World Report had an article about the safest midsized SUVs on the market today.
Among the ones that might be within your price range, some may include the following:
Take a look at these vehicles and more for a better idea of what might be appropriate in your situation. If you want to learn more about auto safety, use our online contact form or call our Los Angeles vehicle collision lawyers (213) 596-9642.