Beyond the Car Seat Minimums - Alabama

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Booster Sleepers

Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on November 26, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Does your booster rider fall asleep in the car and end up looking like these two to the left and top? Booster seats are designed to properly position the seat belt over the strongest points of the child. If the child is slumped forward or to the side, the booster can't do it's job! The seat belt is put in a dangerous position that could cause multiple, possibly life threatening, injuries.

Teach your booster rider how to stay properly seated when he gets tired, like the picture to the right! High back boosters offer some head support that is helpful to lean against, making it easier to stay upright. Having the child turn his chin up slightly, like he is looking toward the ceiling, can help him keep his back strait so he doesn't lean forward. If you ever glance in your back seat and see your child slumped, wake him immediately so that he can re-position correctly.

Booster vs No Booster (Legal vs Safe)

Posted by beyondthecarseatminimums_alabama on November 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is why we go beyond the minimums! Based on Alabama law, my son is perfectly legal to ride like the picture on the left. The lap belt is too high on his stomach, the shoulder belt is on his neck, his knees don't bend at the edge of the seat, (which means he would end up slouching even more than he is now) and he is all around uncomfortable! This is a deadly position!

Luckily, he rides like the picture to the right! Lap and shoulder belt are positioned correctly over the strongest points of his body, he's seated comfortably, and he is comfortable enough to stay seated like this for the entire car ride!