Kansas law requires children
ages 4,5,6 and 7 be secured in a booster seat.
Children under 1 MUST ride in a rear-facing child
seat until they reach at least 1 year old AND 20 pounds.
Children ages 1,2 and 3 must be properly
restrained in a forward-facing child seat.
Children ages 4,5,6 and 7 are required to ride in
a booster seat UNLESS
*the child weighs more than 80 pounds, or
*the child is taller than 4 feet 9 inches, or
*only a lap belt is available
Children who meet these height and weight criteria
MUST be protected by a seat belt.
If you are unsure which seat your child should be
in contact our office to speak to a car seat technician who can help
you decide on the proper seat and teach you how to properly install
Why do children ages 4,5,6 and 7 need to ride in
a booster seat?
Seat belts are made to fit adults and do not
protect children properly. Booster seats work by raising a
child up so that the lap and shoulder belt are positioned safely.
Booster seats reduce the risk of injury by 59% as compared to
using only seat belts.
What kind of booster seats are there?
There are two kinds: high-back and no-back. A
high-back booster seat provides head and neck support and can be
used in all vehicles that have lap/shoulder safety belt systems.
Some forward-facing car seats convert to become high-back booster
seats. A no-back booster seat should only be used in vehicles
with built-in head rests. ALL booster seats should be used
with the vehicle's lap/shoulder belt system, never a lap belt only.
Where do I purchase a booster seat and how much
does one cost?
Booster seats are available at department
stores, toy stores and other retail outlets. A no-back booster
seat costs approximately $15 and a high-back booster seat ranges
from $20-$100 depending on the style.
Always follow the instructions
provided with your seat and vehicle
All booster seats are required
by law to comply with the same safety standards as child seats
Teach your child to buckle up
and to pull up on the shoulder belt to make the lap belt tight
The lap belt should rest low
across the pelvic area on the hip bones-the lap belt should
never rest on the stomach area
Make sure the shoulder belt is
snug across the chest and rests flat across the center of the
collar bone; the shoulder belt should never be placed behind a
child's back or under the arm
The booster seat should follow
the child. Make sure carpools, child care provides,
family, and friends have access to your child's booster seat.