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Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.

The Graco Nautilus comes complete with Safety Surround features that offer ultimate head protection for your child. Paired with the side-impact testing and EPS foam, it’s no wonder this is ranked as one of the safest booster seats. As an added bonus, it is super easy to convert this from a car seat to a high-back booster seat to a backless booster seat. (Target, $180)

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This Graco Slimfit 3-in-1 convertible car seat goes from a rear-facing car seat, to a forward-facing car seat, to a belt positioning booster, making it not only a top safety choice but a great investment for your family. If you have multiple seats in your car at one time this is a great option. The seat is 10% slimmer than the leading models, saving precious back seat space. (Walmart, $173)

U. S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation Correspondence Research Division (NVS-216) Room W48-301 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE. Washington, DC 20590 Fax: 202-366-1767 E-mail: childseatregister@dot.gov 

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The Evenflo Amp booster seat is perfect for children who never seem to stop growing. With six height positions and a removable back, this booster seat grows with your child. The washable cover is kid-proof and the seat comes with two cup holders for easy access to snacks or drinks. (Target, $33)

Lower anchors have weight limits set by the vehicle and car seat manufacturers. You can determine the lower anchor weight limit by checking the warning label or installation diagrams located on the side of the car seat. If your car seat does not have a label, you can determine the maximum allowable child weight for lower anchor use by subtracting the weight of the car seat (usually available in the car seat’s instruction manual) from 65 pounds.

The tether is located on the top rear of convertible, combination, and all-in-one car seats. It’s adjustable and has a hook and strap that connects to one of your vehicle’s tether anchors. Most rear-facing car seats in the United States do not use a tether for installation. However, installations vary from model to model, so you must review your particular car seat’s instructions and your vehicle’s owner manual carefully.

Why do they sell booster seats without harness straps with weight limits below 40 pounds if you should use a harness strap below this weight? Mainly because some taller kids outgrow their car seat even before they reach 40 pounds. So if your child's shoulders are above the top set of strap slots on your car seat, then you can move him to a belt-positioning booster seat, or simply stop using the harness straps if you have a combination seat, and now use the car seat as a belt-positioning booster.


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