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Car Seat Guide | AAA Exchange

Children can use a booster seat when they have outgrown the weight or height limit of their forward-facing harnesses, which will be between 40 and 65 pounds. Children at this stage are not yet ready for adult safety belts and should use belt-positioning booster seats until they are at least 4’9″ and between 8 and 12 years old. Safety belts are designed for 165-pound male adults, so it’s no wonder that research shows poorly fitting adult belts can injure children.

Installation tips

  • Belt-positioning booster seats should always be installed in the back seat of your vehicle.
  • Always use a lap/shoulder belt with your booster seat, and never a lap belt alone.
  • Place the booster seat on your vehicle seat.
  • Buckle the lap/shoulder safety belt around your child and the belt-positioning booster seat. Be sure to place the safety belt through the belt guides to help keep it positioned properly on your child.
  • The lap belt should be positioned low and tight across your child’s hips and upper thighs, not across the abdomen.
  • The shoulder belt should cross the chest and shoulder, across the sternum and collarbone.

What types of injuries could occur if the safety belt doesn’t fit properly?

Out-of-position lap belts can cause serious injuries to the liver, spleen or intestines. Additionally, as a child’s upper body jack-knifes over a high-riding lap belt, the spine may pivot and fracture, resulting in paralysis.

FAQ:  When is my child ready for a booster seat?

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Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange

Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange

Communities across America have access to Transportation Alternatives (TA) funds from the federal government to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was established by Congress in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 (MAP-21). The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 replaces TAP with a TA Set-Aside (TASA) of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, a core Federal-aid Highway Program. Eligible activities include most activities historically funded as “Transportation Enhancements,” the Recreational Trails Program, and the Safe Routes to School program.

At the Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we help stakeholders at the Federal, State, and local level understand and implement this program. Follow the links to learn the basics of the TA program or to access state-specific information.

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2018 Transportation Enhancements & Alternatives Spending Report

This report provides an analysis of how states spent their TE, TAP and TASA funds in FY2018 and cumulatively since 1992.

Download the Report

All past reports are available for download via the Spending Reports Archive.

Federal information related to TA is accessible through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) TA Web site.

Detailed tracking of the Recreational Trails Program can be found at the Recreational Trails Program Database.

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