Office of Traffic Safety
Booster seats raise the child up so the lap/shoulder seat belts are
positioned properly over the child's thighs and chest.
Children over 40 lbs. and less than 4'9" tall (approximately 4 - 8
years old) should be properly restrained in a booster seat.
Children prematurely riding in just the car's seat belt alone are being
injured by that seat belt ('seat belt syndrome'). Seat belts are
designed to protect adults who are at least 4' 9" tall and weigh at
least 80 pounds.
Unless your child is tall enough to sit with his or her knees bent at the
edge of the vehicle's seat without slouching, he or she should use a booster
Booster seats, like child safety seats, must be put in your vehicle
correctly. It is important that you always read the booster seat instructions
and your vehicle owner's manual carefully before installing a booster seat.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to go to a permanent fitting station or a
child safety seat check event in their community to ensure their child's safety
seat is installed properly.
Never place the shoulder belt under the child's arm or behind the back
because it eliminates the protection for the upper part of the body and
increases the risk of severe injury in a crash.
For maximum protection, keep your child in a child safety seat with full
harness as long as he or she fits in the seat. Follow the child safety seat
manufacturer's instructions for best fit.
Booster seats make traveling in vehicles more comfortable for your child
because the shoulder belt isn't hitting your child's neck and your child sits up
higher and can see out the window better.
Remember to fasten in the booster seat, even when your child is not in it.
During a sudden stop, an empty, unbelted booster seat could fly around the
vehicle causing injury to the driver or passengers.
Children under the age of twelve need to be properly restrained in the back
Nevada's Child Restraint Law
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