How to Buy Car Booster Seats

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How to Buy Car Booster Seats

With travelling in the car, you need child car seats for children who are not big enough to use the standard vehicle seat belts. These seats help protect children who are not tall enough to otherwise sit properly. Choosing the right car seat is essential as only ones of the right size for the child can provide necessary protection. For older and heavier children, the booster seat is a suitable choice, giving them the elevation they require to use a seat belt properly.

 

Types of Car Booster Seats

The car booster seat raises the child up so the seat belt runs across his or her chest properly. This seat is for children aged 8 to 12 years old or until they are at least 145 centimetres tall. The two types available include the backless and high-back option. The high-back model is crucial for a car with no headrests and low seat backs as it provides better protection in the event of a crash. Some of the high-back booster seats also transform into booster cushions if you remove the back part. This may be handy if you change your car and no longer require the high back, although removing this also makes your child more vulnerable to side impacts.

 

Features of Car Booster Seats

Some booster seats come with a red belt route guide that indicates where to route the adult seat belt that fixes the seat in place. Typically, you can find these indicators near the headrest and near the seat, showing where the belt should cross the chest diagonally and where it should go across the lap. The headrest is often adjustable and you can change its height as your child grows. Moreover, some models also come with side padding, allowing you to adjust the width of the seat, should your child grow broader. If you would like your child to have a drink nearby, opt for a seat with a convenient cup holder.

 

Booster Seat Weight Groups

Children's car seats fall into five weight groups, as there are different ones for babies and older children. The booster belongs to the weight groups 2 and 3.

 

Group

Weight (kg)

Age

Group 0

0-10

From birth to about 11 months (boys) or 14 months (girls)

Group 0

0-13

From birth until about 12 to 15 months

Group 1

9-18

From about 9 months until 4.5 years

Group 2

15-25

From about 3 to 7 years

Group 3

22-36

From about 6 to 12 years

 

You can also find seats that combine these groups together, such as Group 1-2-3 seats. Altogether more economical in the long run, they could be less safe because while trying to do too much, they may lack something in terms of protection. When choosing the right child car seat, rely on your child's weight rather than age range.

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