“4 Steps for Kids” Program Description
NHTSA's 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 Steps” logo. This publication focuses on the third stage: booster seats.
When children outgrow their forward-facing child safety seats -- at about 4 years old and approximately 40 pounds -- they should ride in belt-positioning booster seats for optimal protection. To ensure their safety, older children should remain in booster seats until they are at least 8 years old, unless they are 4’ 9” tall.
NHTSA’s 4 Steps for Kids guidelines help parents choose the correct restraint for each stage of their child’s development. The 4 Steps are:
All children 12 and younger should ride in the back seat.