The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises parents to check the following before allowing their child to ride in the car sans booster seat:
- Child must be able to sit with back and hips all the way against the back of the car's seat (without slouching).
- Child must be able to bend knees over the edge of the seat and keep feet flat on the floor.
- The child's seat belt must cross over his shoulder and the middle of his chest (not neck) and fit snugly over his hips (not stomach).
- The car's headrest must also be high enough to support the child's head.
The state's law was amended in September 2009, but starting this month fines will be issued.
For more information about child safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the American Academy of Pediatrics.