Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children of
every age from 5 to 14. This fact can be linked in part to the nonuse
or improper use of child safety seats.
4 STEPS FOR KIDS program promotes the correct use of child safety
seats at different stages in a child's development, as shown
in the 4-STEP logo. This publication focuses on the third stagebooster
When children out-grow forward-facing child safety seats, they
need to be restrained in belt-positioning booster seats. This usually
occurs when children are about 4 years old and weigh approximately
40 pounds. To ensure children's safety, they should remain
in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old, unless they
are 4'9" tall.