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Answer: Yes, child safety seat systems do have a life-span. If the manufacturer did not print an expiration date onto the seat, or mold it into the shell on the back of the seat, then the expiration date is six (6) years from the date of manufacture. The manufacture date is required to be on a label on the seat. Please contact the safety seat manufacturer for expiration dates of their products.

Answer: The first action should be to call the customer service department for manufacturer of your safety seat. All manufacturers are required to put their contact information on the labels of the safety seats. You may also find information and instructional videos on the manufacturer�s website.

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Booster seat: After outgrowing forward-facing seat and until seat belts fit properly. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should be buckled in a belt positioning booster seat until seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and age 9-12 years.

Install and Use Car & Booster Seats Properly Install and use car seats and booster seats according to the seat’s owner’s manual or get help installing them from a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

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Answer: Texas law requires all children younger than 8 years old, unless taller than 4�9�, to be in the appropriate child safety seat system. Once the child is 8 years old, they are not legally required to be in a child safety seat system � but � if the child is not yet 4�9� tall they would be better protected if they continued to use the appropriate child safety seat system until they can properly fit the adult safety belt. Safety belts are part of the safety equipment in the vehicle � and they are designed for adults who are at least 4�9� tall � not children. The best way to describe the difference in the fit is to use this comparison: When a child/youth plays sports, they wear protective gear for that sport. The gear they wear is designed for the youth athlete � not the adult athlete. Adults who play sports wear the proper safety equipment sized for their body/frame � not equipment that is too large or too small for them. Explain to an 8 year old child that is not yet 4�9� tall that the safety equipment built into the vehicle is for adults � not children, and a child needs to continue to use the proper equipment (booster seat) so that the adult equipment will fit, and be able to protect, their bodies in the event of a crash.

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Answer: Booster seats were originally designed to be used when a child weighed more than 40 pounds � usually four-five years old. If your child has reached 40 pounds before their fourth birthday, and has outgrown the maximum weight limit of the currently used safety seat, you may want to consider using a safety seat with a higher-weight limit harness. You need to take into consideration the child�s age, weight, height and behavior maturity before making the decision to transition the child to a booster seat. If your child reaches four years old before 40 pounds � they would be better protected if they continued to use the five-point harness safety seat until they meet either the upper weight limit, or outgrow the safety seat by height. Always refer to the owner�s manual for the minimum and maximum age/height/weight requirements and limits. Remember that the booster seat uses only the vehicle�s adult safety belt to restrain the child.


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