Avera McKennan Car Seat Pgm.Coordinator Jeanne Bietz demonstrates the proper fit of a seat belt with a booster seat on 6 yr. old Sam Pellman
Avera McKennan Car Seat Program Manager Jeanne Bietz says, "This year for child passenger safety week we are going to talk about the stages children graduate through car seats. First it's rear facing, forward facing, booster seat, seat belt. The booster seat is often the most often skipped step when using car seats. For booster seats, we typically start at age 4 and 40 pounds. They should use it until they can fit properly in the lap/shoulder belt restraint. That means the lap belt is down low on the hips and across the center of the chest. and that's about age 8 and 4'9".
Q: Why aren't people using booster seats?
A: People forego them because of state law. Currently, you can start using seat belts under state law at age 4 and 40 pounds. So they are abiding by state law by not using boosters, but the fact is, they should be in boosters until age 8 and 4'9" for safety. When the lap belt rides up on the tummy it can actually cause a lot of internal injuries if you were to get in a crash. Also, a lot of times if the belt crosses the face of the child, they put it behind their back and if you were to get in a crash they could be ejected from the vehicle.
For more information on Child Passenger Safety Week coming up on September 19th, CALL 877-AT-AVERA."
Or you can always call to make an appointment to see if you are using the right car seat for your child: Call ahead to these places. Each has different hours of operation: Avera McKennan 322-3485 Sioux Falls Fire Rescue 367-7063 Sioux Falls Law Enforcement Center 367-7230 AAA South Dakota 336-3690 or 361-2107