There are a lot of topics that accompany this booster seat conversation, the least of which is when to move into a booster, (4 & 40) is NOT a rule. We're not talking about that here (except to say.. boosters are often a demotion in safety, not a graduation from a 5 point harness).
After "When to go into a booster?", the number one question we get from parents about choosing a booster seat is which style is safest – high-back or no back (backless). Both styles have passed mandatory federal safety testing, so they are both safe. The answer to this question depends on your vehicle and your child. Here are the two most important things to consider:
- What kind of head support does your vehicle’s back seat offer? Is there a head rest? Where are your child’s ears in relation to the head rest?
- Your vehicle’s headrest helps with whiplash protection. If your vehicle doesn’t have a head rest, or has one that you are not comfortable with, you will want to purchase a high back booster. Of if you have a tall child and the ears are above the vehicle headrest when sitting in a backless booster, you will want to purchase a highback booster.
- How is your child’s behavior while sitting in the car? Remember that the booster seat only ‘raises’ your child up in the vehicle – crash protection is