Child Safety Harness For Booster Seat
The Car Seat Finder is an easy-to-use tool that lets you compare seats and ease-of-use ratings to find the right car seat for your child. Just fill out your child’s age, height and weight below, and you’ll be provided car seat types that fit your child. Before you get started, make sure you're familiar with the four types of car seats and NHTSA’s recommendations for choosing the right type of seat for your child.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that you should 'keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat. your child should stay in a car safety seat with a full harness until the seat is outgrown, usually at about 40 pounds.' The NHTSA also offers an age range of 4 to 7 years as a good time for when kids might be ready to move to a booster seat.
Keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether.
And since there are many convertible seats and combination seats that allow you to use harness straps up until your child is 40 pounds or more (the Britax Marathon can be used up to 65 pounds with a harness), you could keep your child in a car seat with a harness strap a little longer with one of these seats.
In addition to registering your car seat to receive recalls and safety notices from your car seat manufacturer, you can sign up to receive e-mail alerts from NHTSA about car seat and booster seat recalls to make sure your child remains safe.
Typically there are a minimum of three tether anchors in a vehicle. In sedans, these are usually located above/behind the vehicle’s back seat on the rear shelf. In some larger vehicles such as vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs, these tether anchors may be found on the back of a vehicle seat, on the floor, the ceiling, or other location.
Of course, your child would also have to meet the car seat's height limits for using the harness straps. That isn't very hard these days, as most convertible seats have fairly high forward facing weight and height limits (65 pounds and 49 inches).
Whether you’re using this seat as a car seat with the five-point harness or as a booster seat this Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1 seat is one of the most versatile and safest booster seats out there. Not only is it safe, but extra features such as two built-in cup holders and the extra lightweight design make it one of the best booster seats of 2018. (Walmart, $67)