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SAE Child Passenger Safety Program

Boost America!

Booster Seat and Child Passenger Safety Facts & Tips*

  • Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children of every age from 6-14 years.

  • When children outgrow convertible seats, at around 40 lbs., they should be restrained in booster seats until they are big enough to fit in an adult seat belt, at about 80 lbs. and 4'9" tall.

  • A child under 80 lbs. is generally too small for an adult seat belt. The lap belt rides up over the stomach and the shoulder belt cuts across the neck. In a crash, this can cause critical or even fatal injuries.

  • A child who cannot sit with his or her back straight against the vehicle seat back cushion, with knees bent over a vehicle's seat edge without slouching, must use a booster seat.

  • Never use just a lap belt only across a child sitting in a booster seat.

  • Never put the shoulder belt behind a child's arm or back because it eliminates the protection for the upper part of the body and increases the risk of severe injury in a crash.

  • All children age 12 and under should sit properly restrained in the back seat.

  • Never place a child in a child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a passenger air bag.

  • Child safety seats - including booster seats - are very effective in saving children's lives during crashes.


Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

To find out if your child's safety seat is right for your vehicle, call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-800-424-9393.

For more information contact:

Shawn Andreassi
Corporate Communications Specialist
SAE International
400 Commonwealth Dr.
Warrendale, PA 15096-001
724-772-8522

Nancy Lewis
Corporate Communications Manager
SAE International
400 Commonwealth Dr.
Warrendale, PA 15096-001
724-772-4068

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