Quick Answer: Are Backless Booster Seats Illegal?

What is the weight requirement for a backless booster seat?

40 poundsAn average 40-pound child is typically closer to age five, a much safer age to consider making a transition to booster use.

And many booster seats that can be used in both a highback and backless configuration have a higher minimum weight limit of 40 pounds when used in the backless mode..

What car seat should a 5 year old be in?

Ideally a 5 year old should be in a forward facing 5-point harness car seat. That can either be a convertible car seat (rear facing/forward facing), a combination car seat (forward facing/booster seat) or an all-in-one car seat (rear facing/forward facing/booster seat).

When can a child use a backless booster seat?

Here are the general requirements for backless booster seats: Backless booster seat age requirements: From the time kids surpass the weight or height limits allowed by their car seat to about 8 to 12 years of age (depending on the child’s size).

Can a 3 year old use a backless booster seat?

This is usually not until at least age five. Three-year-olds are not ready to ride in a booster seat, even if they fit within the manufacturer’s height and weight guidelines.

Why are backless booster seats unsafe?

Consumer Reports says high-backed boosters are safer than backless ones because they do a better job of properly positioning the seat belt across the child’s chest, hips and thighs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says booster seats can reduce a child’s risk of serious injury by 45 percent.

Can my 7 year old sit in a booster?

Consumer Reports and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that kids use booster seats until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and 8 to 12 years old. But many children are moved out of their booster too soon.

What are the height and weight requirements for a backless booster seat?

A child who has outgrown the internal harness or height limitations of a forward-facing child safety seat. Within the range of 40 to 80 pounds but under 4’9”. Within 4 to 8 years of age and is at least 35” tall.

Can you still use backless booster seats?

Backless booster seats are still certified to be safe, legal and available to buy (for children over a certain weight and height), as long as they conform to the current law.

Do I need a backless booster?

Backless boosters are best suited for those children who are taller than average or a bit older. They provide your child with just a bit of lift so that they can sit against with their back against the car seat comfortably.