Children who are between 18 kg (40 lbs) and 36 kg (80 lbs), under 145 cm (4’9″) or under nine years of age are safest in a booster seat. Without a booster seat, an adult seat belt rides too high on the belly and neck and can cause serious internal injuries in the event of a crash.
A child is 3.5 times more likely to suffer a head injury in a crash when just using an adult seat belt than when using a booster seat.
Booster seats are easily installed and generally low cost.
The manufacturer’s instructions and labels on each booster seat state the specific weight, size and/or age of child that the seat will protect. Some booster seats have maximum weight limits of 45 kg (100 lbs). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your booster seat.
Choosing a booster seat.
A booster seat can only be used with a lap-shoulder seat belt. To find the best booster seat for your child, decide where in the back seat your child will sit, and if the vehicle seat has a head rest (head restraint).
If the vehicle does not have a head rest, choose either:
If the vehicle has a head rest, choose either:
Read the Booster Seat YES Test (pdf) to learn more.
If you need help, call a nurse at:
Alberta Health Link 811