Health and transportation experts agree that booster seats reduce the risk of transportation-related injury to children. Currently in Alberta, there is no law requiring the use of booster seats among children who have outgrown their forward-facing child safety seats. The Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics and Alberta Health Services recommend booster seats for children who outgrow their forward-facing child safety seat. As a health care professional, it is important to talk to your clients about the benefits and importance of using a booster seat for their child while traveling.
- Once a child reaches the maximum weight or height limit of their forward-facing car seat, as stated by the manufacturer, he/she can move into a booster seat. Have parents take the Booster seat YES test to help decide when their child is ready for a booster seat, and to learn how to use one correctly.
- A child is safest in a booster seat until they reach the maximum weight or height limit of the seat, as stated by the manufacturer.
- A child is ready to ride in the vehicle without a booster seat when the vehicle seat belt fits properly. This is typically when a child is 145 cm (4’9”) tall and between 8 and 12 years of age.
- When used alone, seat belts ride high on a child’s belly and neck, and can lead to serious internal injuries in a crash.
- Advise parents to review the Car Seat Guidelines in Alberta available on MyHealth.Alberta.ca