How to use a booster seat with a lap belt

To use a booster seat:

  • Center the booster seat on one of the car’s back seats.
  • Have your child sit on the booster seat.
  • Guide the car’s shoulder belt and lap belt through loops or hooks provided on the booster seat.
  • Tighten the lap belt low and flat against your child’s thighs.

Are lap belts OK for booster seats?

For those with vehicles older than this, the center of the back seat typically has a lap belt. While lap belts are fine for car seats where the child is secured by the car seat’s 5 point harness, lap belts are NOT ok for booster seats as boosters need shoulder belts.

How do booster seats work?

Booster seats work by positioning the lap portion of the vehicle seat belt low on the child’s hips, contacting the thighs. In addition, booster seats also align the shoulder portion of the vehicle seat belt on the center of the child’s shoulder, and should lay flat and snug across the collarbone.

How do you fit a child in a booster seat?

Have your child sit on the booster seat. Guide the car’s shoulder belt and lap belt through loops or hooks provided on the booster seat. Tighten the lap belt low and flat against your child’s thighs. Make sure the shoulder strap doesn’t touch your child’s neck but crosses at the middle of their chest.

When to use booster seat belts?

Booster seats should be used until your child can correctly fit in the adult lap and shoulder seat belts, typically when they are around 4 feet 9 inches in height and 8 to 12 years old. American Academy of Pediatrics 5.28K subscribers How to Use a Booster Seat

What is a booster seat belt?

Getting a safe ride. A booster seat lifts a child’s body so the car seat belt can fit properly. The seat belt must lie flat across your child’s chest, is on the bony part of his shoulder and is low on the hips or upper thighs. Using the seat belt. The booster seat is specifically designed for seat belt fit.

Do you need a harness for booster seat?

When the booster seat is not being used, secure it with the seat belt so it doesn’t fly around the car if you stop suddenly. Use the lap and shoulder seat belt. You no longer need a harness because the child and booster seat are held in place by the adult lap and shoulder belt.

Can you have a shoulder belt on a booster?

In fact, kids in boosters and older kids & adults in seat belts should all use shoulder belts in order to get the protection for their head and chest that they need. Unfortunately, you can not have a shoulder belt added to a center seat that has just a lap belt.

Can you put a lap belt in a center seat?

Unfortunately, you can not have a shoulder belt added to a center seat that has just a lap belt. If you need to have a child ride in the center seat where there is only a lap belt, we suggest trying to find a car seat with a 5 point harness that can accommodate the child.