Who does HB2154 protect – AKA Arizona Booster Seat Law?
This new law protects children from caregivers who may not on their own understand that young children are not safe in seat belts alone. Many children who today aren’t safe, will be required by law to be safer when riding in a car/van.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,
Boosters elevate children and position safety belts so the belts will fit them better. The lap belt should lie flat and on top of a child’s upper thighs, not higher up on the abdomen. The shoulder belt should fit across the middle of a child’s shoulder. If it falls off the shoulder or rests on the neck, a child might move the belt behind the back or under an arm.
Even as a short adult, I know that in some back seats I’m not properly restrained. The shoulder belt rides into my neck – not safe. In addition, it is also important that the lap belt portion is not on the stomach where there stands to be more internal injuries.
At minimum put your child in a backless booster.
A backless booster looks like this:
But if the high back booster raises the seatbelt away from your child’s legs/hips, do not use it – use one that keeps the seat belt snug against the body – that separation is more movement in a crash!
Don’t put your child in a booster earlier than necessary. A 5 point harness is much safer, but even a booster is better than an adult-sized seatbelt.