Booster Seats versus Vehicle Seats With Harness Straps

 

5 point harness vs. booster seat crash test

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Proper Harness Tightness

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Booster Seats Put to the Test

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Transport Canada investigating complaints of frayed harnesses in Evenflo child car seats

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Safe N Sound Hi Liner SG & Protecta Plus Child Harness Baby Mode Melbourne

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How to buckle a kid in a car seat

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How to fit the BeltUpp Use with Group 2 car seats to keep children upright and supported.

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So if your child’s shoulders are above the top set of strap slots on your car seat, then you can move him to a belt-positioning booster seat. Harness Car Seats for Bigger Kids These car seats have higher weight and height limits. While offering extra height, booster seats do not come with their own seat belt system. Instead, they raise a child into the appropriate position to. If you’re needing to leave the house before you buy a new seat, you should absolutely remove the harness straps and use the seat as a booster until you can replace it.

The generalization that a harness is safer than a booster is correct, but only if the harnessed seat is being used according to manufacturers directions. our current car seat says 5 pt harness to 80 lbs and 57″, but she has a long torso and at 49.5 lbs her shoulders are at the top harness slot. she is 45 1/2″. the booster mode for this seat starts at 50 lbs and also goes to 57″ she has rode in a different booster seat that starts at 30 lbs and seat belt path is good and does well with the. Booster seats are designed to place your child in the proper position for using your car’s installed safety belt system. The booster seat is placed on the car seat and the child on top of the booster seat.

The seat belt should cross the child’s shoulder and chest, then fit firmly across the upper thigh. Some seat belts need locking clips. A few booster seats have a rigid lower anchor connector, instead of having the connector on a flexible strap.

Rear-facing car seats typically just use the lower anchors (a few can also use the top tether). Forward-facing car seats use the lower anchors AND top tether. Car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. That’s why it’s so important to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your child is in the car. Follow these important steps to choose the right seat, install it correctly, and keep your child safe.

I’ve tried using a car seat and a CARES harness on a plane and DD hates both. It was easier for her to squirm out of the CARES harness. Also, our flight attendant insisted the “correct” installation was in a way that impeded the person behind us from using his tray (something I doubted was correct, but couldn’t research or argue once we were on the plane. Booster seats are the last step in car seats before the adult seat belt and vehicle seat. I’ve written before about the 5-step test for exiting booster seats, and you’ll see seat belts referenced over and over again in such guides.

For maximum safety, the child should wear the seat belt in the booster seat just as an adult would shoulder strap over the shoulder and lap belt over the lap. Unlike car seats, booster seats typically don’t have harness installation straps because they’re used with the vehicle seat belt making proper seat belt use even more important.

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If your child is old enough to sit up straight in the booster seat with his or her back against the back of the rear seat and the seat belt fits properly, unless your vehicle has low seat backs or no rear headrests, a backless booster is fine.

“Auto Repair For Dummies” by Deanna Sclar
from Auto Repair For Dummies
by Deanna Sclar
Wiley, 2011

A booster seat also makes the shoulder strap fit comfortably over the shoulder rather than against the neck, so the child is more likely to keep the shoulder belt on.

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Pocket Books, 2011

The child should be restrained in a booster seat until the standard lap belt fits correctly (across the chest and thighs) and the child is tall enough for the legs to bend at the knees with the feet hanging down.

“Blueprints Pediatrics” by Bradley S. Marino, Katie Snead Fine
from Blueprints Pediatrics
by Bradley S. Marino, Katie Snead Fine
Lippincott William & Wilkins, 2009

2 Rationale: All children whose weight or height is above 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 between 8 and 12 years of age.

“Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination E-Book” by Linda Anne Silvestri
from Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination E-Book
by Linda Anne Silvestri
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

age child over 40 pounds (generally 4 to 8 years of age) should use a belt-positioning, forward-facing booster seat using both lap and shoulder belts.

“Maternity and Pediatric Nursing” by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
from Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
by Susan Scott Ricci, Terri Kyle
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

High-back booster seats are for use with children heavier than 40 lbs and can be used until the child fits properly in the vehicle seat belt system.

“Prometric MCQs In General Medicine”
from Prometric MCQs In General Medicine
by
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Many high-back boosters are actually combination seats that come with harnesses that can be used for smaller children and can then be removed for older children.

“Handbook of Traffic Psychology” by Bryan E. Porter
from Handbook of Traffic Psychology
by Bryan E. Porter
Elsevier Science, 2011

Booster seats are not restraint systems like the convertible devices because they depend on the vehicle belts to hold the child and booster seat in place.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Lisa Keenan-Lindsay, David Wilson, Cheryl A. Sams
from Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

Special Considerations: Despite some booster manufacturer’s lower weight requirement of 30 pounds, it is strongly recommended thata child remain in a convertible or toddler seat as long as possible because of the lateral and upper torso protection provided by the design of those seats.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, David Wilson
from Maternal Child Nursing Care
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier, 2013

• Seat belts should not be used without a booster until: the shoulder belt fits across the mid chest, not the face or neck; the lap belt fits across the pelvis, not the lower abdomen; and the child can sit in the car with the legs bent without slouching for the entire length of the trip.

“Burns' Pediatric Primary Care E-Book” by Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, Nancy Barber Starr, Margaret A. Brady, Nan M. Gaylord, Martha Driessnack, Karen Duderstadt
from Burns’ Pediatric Primary Care E-Book
by Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, Nancy Barber Starr, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

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  • @Duckyistrippin idk if you’ve found a good car seat for your 3 year old yet or not but we use the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 and fits kids 20-100 lbs. its a bit pricey but it’s gonna last you a long long time and you’ll never have to buy another seat bcuz it grows w/ your child. it’s sturdy and no where near as floppy as the booster seat in this video. i hope this helps:)

  • The problems are: 1) Not many rear facing child seats in the uk that will take a child up to 4 Years. 2) They shouldn’t recommend/sell booster seats if it’s obvious children would be safer in rear facing. 3) If your hit in the rear by a car at high speed or lorry its obviously better to have a forward facing seat but its more common to have a high speed frontal that rear impact. So us parents face some tough decision. But one thing is for sure whatever you chose fit it right get it checked and be extra vigilant out there.