I saw something alarming this morning that I couldn’t help but share with all of you. Britax has a new campaign right now they are referring to as “Bin the Booster.” Now, the name might sound a little strange and that’s because Britax is a British brand and the campaign is taking place in Europe. Still, it’s an important message for anyone who has a child riding in a booster seat.
Is your child riding in a backless or highback booster seat? While both are generally rated for the same ages/size, the video below clearly shows the added safety that a highback booster seat brings your child. It’s really short, so please, take the time to watch it:
I understand that car seats take up a lot of room in the vehicle, so some parents are eager to clear them out to save space (trust me – I have 3 in car seats). I also know that some children, especially those with friends or siblings who have already moved into the next step of car seats, might want to do so to be like their friend or sibling. Please consider that keeping your child in a highback booster as long as possible could mean a big difference in the event of a crash. You might be a fabulous driver, but others are the road might not be. You never know when a crash might happen, so it’s extremely important to always have your child riding as safely as possible.
Car seat safety is very important in our house. My 1 and 3 year old children are both still rear facing (quite comfortably I’ll add) in a 5-point harnessed car seat. My 5 year old is now forward facing in a 5 point harness, and will continue to ride in her 5-point harness seat for quite a few more years, until she has outgrown it. It’s just safer — crash test after crash test proves it.
If you would like some additional info about car seat safety, check out these great resources:
- Car Seat Safety Tips You Might Not Know
- Important Rules for Using the LATCH System
- 5 Car Seat Safety Tips that Every Parent Should Read
- Big Kid Car Safety – When Can My Child Transition to a Booster Seat
- 8 Common Car Seat Mistakes You Might Be Making
- Car Seat Use After an Accident – What You Need to Know
- 5 Things to Consider When Buying a Car Seat