I would never ever put my child in a booster - if there is a 5 point harness car seat out there to fit their weight/size!
For me, this has been a real issue. Becaues here in the UK - they just dont make the same car seats. So far I have only been able to find ONE car seat, the only car seat so far in the UK that will hold my child in a 5 point harness up to his weight of 55lbs (roughtly thy say 6 years - but he is already 35lbs at 2 years as he had a pretty good start in life at nearly 11lbs! lol)... This car seat is the Britax Elite. It is £100. We are not rich either and a booster would only be £20 (which he is the size for...but...).... since there is a car seat out there that is 5 point harness to hold him in much longer - I just can not put a price on safety!
I have tried to spread this knowledge. Letting my friends know the dangers of booster for younger children - that a seatbelt alone is nothing near the protection a point harness car seat can provide....not one of them has listened to me yet. Why?!!! I have to say it upsets me so much that they have put a price on their childs safety and have opted for the 'cheaper' option. Is saving a few pounds worth it if you were to get into an accident and something horrible happened to your child that could have been prevented with a better car seat! I am not trying to scare anyone! I just want every child to be as safe as they possibly can within reason! It scares me though!
Its funny that Britax make different car seats here and I have asked them why. I have not got a good enough answer yet except that our laws are different. Different laws or not, certainly the safety of our children in cars should be the same standard!
Its something I never thought about though until I saw this...yeah I know its youtube but it still made me think!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azgBhZfcqaQ
I also never expected to have such a large baby that has stayed on her 91st percentile so far. His size is not that of an 'average' sized child for his age. Though his size is suitable for a 'booster' his mentality is not either. I know I couldnt trust him with just a car seat belt around him that he could easily get out of! I want him in a 5 point harness for as long as possible! Its not even questionable!
They try and trick you though! I would watch out with those convertable booster seats! I thought I found one that would hold my child in 5 point harness till he was roughtly 11 years old (average 11 year old weight).... But no. The 5 point on most convertable boosters will only hold them in 5 point till 35/40lbs - Where you then need
to, must convert the seat to just a booster as you can no longer use the 5 point harness past that weight (it becomes unsafe - those straps were not designed for weights past that or tested safely for weights past that). So then its just the cars own seat belt you are relying on again.
Money is nothign when it comes to your childs safety! Please everyone get their child a 5 point harness that can last them as long as possible - whatever car seat that is in the country that you live in!