Booster seat FAQ
How long should my child be in a car seat with a five-point harness?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children stay in rear-facing car seats until age two and a belt-positioning booster seat until they reach 4 ft., 9 in. tall between the ages of 8 and 12. 2 While every new step is exciting, these seats are safer for small children. Overall, it’s best to wait for your child to outgrow their current seat before they get a booster. You can find height and weight restrictions online, in the booster’s manual, and often on the booster seat’s box.
Should booster seats have a LATCH system?
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) systems are more common in infant and toddler car seats, but you can find them in boosters. Overall, the LATCH attachments are more for convenience than safety, allowing you to secure the car seat faster by threading your car’s seat belt through. Booster seats generally use the vehicle’s seat belt system, so a LATCH attachment isn’t always necessary.
Why do booster seats have expiration dates?
Because booster seats and car seats are expensive, it’s tempting to shop for used models or pass them down to friends and family. Unfortunately, car seats aren’t designed to be family heirlooms. Expiration dates keep the tech in booster seats current and safe. These deadlines also account for unseen wear and tear that may occur over the years of use. The expiration dates for most car and booster seats range from 6 to 10 years, covering most of your child’s time in the back seat of the car and until they’re tall enough to use an adult seat belt.