Should your Little be using a booster seat? Learn more about what Tennessee Law states.
Booster seats are the often forgotten, but extremely important, safety consideration of Bigs who are going through the process to be matched in our Community Based program. Along with being required by Tennessee law for children of certain ages/heights/weights, car booster seats are crucial to protecting children during a crash.
According to Tennessee’s Child Restraint Law:
“Children age four (4) through age eight (8), and measuring less than four feet nine inches (4’9″) in height, must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat system, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards in the rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer’s instructions.”
In our Community Based program we match children anywhere from 6-15 years old, so there is a chance that this might be something for you to think about for your match.
How do you know if your Little is ready for a seat belt? According to www.safercar.gov:
For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember, your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.”
If you have questions or concerns about transporting your Little in your car, please contact your Match Support Specialist for more information.