Booster seats are designed for kids who have outgrown their forward-facing car seat but require assistance to fit the adult vehicle belt properly. The booster seat positions a child so that the seat belt is correctly located on the lap and shoulder. Each province has its own restrictions for child car seat and booster seat use. Your model will also have its own restrictions. For additional information on booster seat safety, please visit the Transport Canada website.
Your child should remain in a booster seat until the vehicle's standard seat belts fit properly and all the requirements of the provincial regulations have been met.
Boosters seats may be either a high back or a low-back style. High back boosters may provide a better seat belt fit on smaller children and are often the best choice for when a child is first transitioning from a harness to a booster seat. Most high back boosters may be converted to a backless booster as well.
If using a low-back booster, the child must have support to at least the top of his or her ears from either the vehicle seat or the vehicle headrest for head and neck protection.
Important tips, based on Transport Canada’s recommendations:
- Always use a lap belt and shoulder belt with a booster seat.
- Leave as much space as possible between the booster seat and the front seat of your vehicle.
- Always consult your vehicle owner’s manual and booster seat user guide prior to installation.
- Make sure the shoulder belt rests centred on your child’s shoulder, and never on the neck or arm, or under the arm.
- If there is a seat belt guide, make sure that it is adjusted according to the booster seat user guide installation instructions.
- The lap belt should be snug against your child’s hip, and not on their stomach.
- It is a good idea to register your new seat with the manufacturer.
A child should remain in a booster seat until the vehicle belt fits them properly.