New safety guidelines rank booster seats on safety - WNEM TV 5

New safety guidelines rank booster seats on safety

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

Making sure your kids properly into their booster seats could one day save their life.

Michigan State Police Trooper William Smith has already seen it happen.

“We had a crash the child was ripped out of the car and still in the car seat and that child was alive because the car seat protected that child,” Smith said.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with a new list for top booster seats.

Ratings are based on how the belt fits for typical 4- to 8-year-olds.

So once you get the right booster seat, how do you make sure kids are safely fastened in?

Smith gave us a lesson.

“The belt is going to go on the thighs. And make sure it doesn’t have any twists,” Smith said.

Then you want to check and make sure your child's shoulder belt fits snugly across the middle of their shoulder.

“Put your hand out and have them tough their forehead to it and its going to move the seat belt, you'll see if it slips or comes off,” Smith said.

Smith also urges parents to check out the safety guild lines on booster seats to make sure you're following the right rules according to your child’s height, weight and age.

“All this information is awesome it's on all the stickers on all the car seats out there,” Smith said.

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