4 - 8 Years of Age

Child Passenger Safety (CPS)

State law requires that a child be in a booster seat until they are at least 6 years of age and 60 pounds. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that a child remain in a booster seat until they are at least 8 years of age, 80 pounds or 4' 9" tall. Booster seats raise a child up so the seat belt will fit the child and provide a safe ride. The longer you can keep your child in a booster seat the better. Children ages 4-8 are 45 percent less likely to receive injuries in a car crash if a booster seat is used as opposed to seat belt alone. (Arbogast KB, 2009)

How do I know when my child is safe to ride without a booster seat?

If you can answer YES to ALL five of the following questions, then your child should be ready to stop using a booster seat and start using just the seat belt. Keep your child in a booster if the answer is NO to any of these questions.

  1. Can the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
  2. When sitting all the way back in the seat, do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat?
  3. Is the lap belt on the top part of the child's thighs?
  4. Is the shoulder belt centered on the child's chest and shoulders? **Never put the shoulder belt behind the child. If it is too high and goes across their neck or face, they need to be in a booster seat.
  5. Can the child stay seated like this for the entire trip?

Visit the Arkansas CPS website at to learn about becoming a child passenger safety technician, review upcoming child passenger safety courses available and find a CPS technician or check-up event in your area.
Need to have your seat checked? Contact the Injury Prevention Center at 501-364-3400.

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