- What is Boost for Safety: Give Kids a Lift for Life?
Boost for Safety is
a national campaign sponsored by NADA — in partnership with the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) — to educate
dealers, parents and children about the importance of using booster
seats and to help ensure that children are riding safely in automobiles.
What differentiates Boost for Safety from other booster seat programs?
Although some manufacturers have had booster seat programs in the past, the Boost for Safety campaign
is the first time that all franchised dealers will have the opportunity
to be involved in a national education program about correctly
restraining child passengers.
What is a booster seat?
Booster seats offer children a
safe transition from child seats with their own harness systems to adult
lap/shoulder belts. Booster safety seats are designed to raise children
up so that the safety belt fits correctly — the shoulder belt should
cross the child's chest and rest snugly on the shoulder, and the lap
belt should rest low across the pelvis or hip area.
When does a child need a booster seat?
the ages of 4 and 8 (around 40-80 pounds) — unless 4'9" — should be
properly restrained in booster seats, as they have generally outgrown
child safety seats, yet are too small for adult lap-shoulder belts to
fit safely alone.
What kind of booster seat is best for my child?
show that four out of five child safety seats are used incorrectly. No
one seat is "best" for all children or all vehicles. Therefore the best
child safety/booster seat is the one that fits the child and the
vehicle, and which will be used correctly on each trip.
Boost for Safety
recommends that you consult with a certified child passenger safety
technician, who will inspect your currently installed safety seat and/or
will help you choose the appropriate seat for your child and your
vehicle(s). The technician will also help ensure that the seat is
installed correctly in your vehicle(s) and teach you how to install it
Where can I get my booster seat inspected or installed?
child safety seat inspection station is the most common place you can
go to get your child safety seats checked. At an inspection station,
trained technicians (who complete a standardized AAA-certified course)
are on hand to inspect and correct the installation of child safety
Inspection stations are located at local dealerships,
police stations, fire houses, hospitals, and many more places. To locate
an inspection station in your area, please visit the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website: http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm.
Inspection stations can be identified by calling 1-866-SEAT-CHECK or visiting www.seatcheck.org.
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It's a Fact: Statistics On Child Passenger Safety (CPS)
NADA's Commitment to Child Passenger Safety
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