There are four main types of seats used to secure young children
in cars. They are:
- Infant seats
- Convertible seats
- Toddler seats
- Backless Belt Positioning Booster seats
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Texas Car Seat Law - requires all children under 8-years
of age and under 4' 9" to be secured in an approved car seat.
All other children must be seatbelted in the Back Seat until the
age of 12. No child should be unbelted or riding in the front seat
of a vehicle. Fines for violations are up to $200.
Alabama Car Seat Law - requires that children under the
age of 6 be restrained in an appropriate, federally approved car
seat or booster seat. Rear-facing car seats are recommended until
at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds. Convertible or forward-facing
car seats should be used until the child is at least 5 years old
or weighs 40 pounds. Alabama law further requires that children
ride in booster seats until at least age 6.
Louisiana Car Seat Law - Louisiana state law requires babies
under one year of age and under 20 pounds to ride in a rear-facing
car seat. Babies at least one year and 20 pounds up to at least
40 pounds must ride in a forward-facing car seat. Children ages
four to six who weigh at least 40 pounds up to at least 60 pounds
must ride in a belt-positioning booster car seat. Children over
age 6 and 60 pounds, if they are not riding in a car seat, must
use a lap/shoulder seat belt. Louisiana state law recommends that
children who fall into more than one category by age and weight
should be placed in the car seat that gives the most protection
in a crash.
These seats are designed for infants under one-year-old.
Their neck muscles are not strong enough to resist much force. These
are rear-facing seats, typically 2 parts - an infant carrier seat
with a 5-point harness and a base secured by the car's seat belts
as well as a metal latch that is secured to the car. The seat is
designed to protect an infant from birth to about 22 pounds (9kg)
or about 1 year old.
Convertible seats can face either rear or forward. They
have five-point harness system. A child must be Rear Facing until
the child can hold his or her head up and the neck and spine are
strong (usually at around 12 months). Pediatricians recommend that
children remain rear facing as long as possible or up to 35-lbs.
In the Forward Facing position the child should be a minimum of
22 pounds. This style of seat can be used until the child is 40
pounds or around 4½ years old.
Toddler Car Seats
Until recently, some parents would move their kids straight
into a seatbelt after they outgrew their convertible car seat. That
is a big mistake. With kids, the lap belt tends to ride up on the
abdomen and the shoulder belt often cuts across the face or neck.
Children can be injured by seat belts that do not fit them correctly
as well as by belts that are not worn correctly.
A child car seat is designed to protect someone who weighs up to
80 pounds. Seat belts are designed for a 165 pound (75kg) man in
mind. Toddler Car Seats provide the best protection for children
by placing them at the correct height. These seats can be used up
Toddler Booster seats were designed to correct this problem for
most children between the ages of four and eight weighing up to
80 pounds (36kg). They raise children to a height at which lap and
shoulder belts can be worn correctly.
The belt positioning booster seat is held in place by the seatbelt
or are tethered to the car like a car seat.
Backless Belt Positioning Booster Seats
Older children that are still under 4' 9" and 8-years of age
will many times protest using a full car seat. The belt positioning
booster is intended to work with the vehicle's seat belt. They raise
children to a height at which lap and shoulder belts can be worn
correctly. The backless booster seat is not tethered to the car
like a carseat.
Children using seat belts without booster seats are 3.5 times more
likely to suffer significant injury, and four times more likely
to suffer head injury.