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Don’t skip the booster seat

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Did you know booster car seats ensure proper seat belt positioning and can help reduce injury by 45% compared to a seat belt alone?

This is because seat belts are designed for adults; typically a male approximately 175 cm (68 inches) and 75 kg (165 lbs). Our children grow up way too fast, but most are not tall enough for seat belts to be effective on their own until around 10-12 years old.

At Diono, we love what we do and we’re serious about safety. From that first ride home from the hospital to school runs and holiday road trips, our convertible car seats are designed to provide your children maximum protection. That means industry leading Safe Stop technology, SuperLATCH (UAS) connectors, a full steel frame, anti-submarining design and aluminum reinforced side walls lined with EPS foam for superior side impact protection.

As children get older, it can be tempting to skip the booster and avoid the “baby seat” arguments. However, car crashes are still the #1 cause of unintentional death and injury in children. Every day over 450 children are injured, some with life-long consequences. Recently we’ve seen a decrease in injuries for the 0-4 year range, while there has been an increase in the 5-10 year old range. Clearly there is a gap between where we protect our children with a toddler seat and using the adult seat belt.

Children who do not fit in an adult seat belt can be ejected from a vehicle during a crash or suffer severe injuries from what is known as seat belt syndrome. Because of their smaller stature and underdeveloped pelvic bones, the seat belt will ride up on the abdomen of a child – crushing internal organs and can even sever the spine.

Lap belt positioning seats like the Monterey XT, which can be used as a high back or backless booster, address this void and effectively prevent injury. The XT has everything our fans love about the original Monterey high back booster with sleek new styling and two tone colour options. Designed to fit children up to 54 kg (120 lbs) and 160 cm (62 inches) in height; Monterey XT adjusts and expands to grow with your child, providing a safe and comfortable ride through growth spurts and milestones.

If you’re wondering whether your child is ready for a booster seat, take this 5-step test.

Learn more about Monterey XT and find local retailers here.

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