Most mistakes in installing car seats involve either the seat itself or the harness straps being too loose. The idea is to prevent as much movement as possible and to have the smallest opening as possible to keep the child in place.
Infant seats reduce the risk of death in a vehicle by 71%.
Seats for children ages 1 to 4 years reduce the risk of death in a vehicle by 54%.
Many children in this age group are no longer riding in a safety seat but, they are too small to fit the vehicle seat belts that are made for adult-sized bodies.
Children in this age group need to use a booster seat for safety and to follow the law in Maryland. Booster seats reduce the risk of death in a vehicle by 59%.
Booster seats do not use a harness system and are not fastened into the vehicle. They sit on the vehicle seat to boost or lift up a child so the seat belt can fit correctly. This greatly reduces the chance of ejection in a crash.
Check frequently to see whether your child has reached the height and weight limits on the booster seat.
If your child is 8 to 10 years old and 4’9” tall you can test your child’s readiness to use the seat belt only. You'll know your child is ready when you've met all four of the following criteria:
If this test was passed successfully, be sure your child uses safety belts in the back seat in every vehicle on every ride!