EPOCh
Enabling Protection for Older Children

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the difference between a booster cushion and a booster seat?

A booster cushion is specially designed to hook round the lap part of the adult belt and lift the child off the car seat. It’s only safety feature is that it helps to keep the lap portion of the car seat belt across the top of the child’s legs and not on their tummy. In a crash, the lap belt should stay low on the hips away from the soft tummy of the child. <br/>A booster seat has a backrest and headrest. The backrest should guide the vehicle belt over the child’s shoulder. This helps to keep the upper body of the child upright in a frontal crash. The lap portion of the belt is guided by the lower part of the child car seat across the top of the child’s legs. This keeps it off the child’s tummy, which helps prevent internal injuries in a frontal crash. The headrest keeps the child in position when the child is sleeping and will provide some protection in a side impact.

Date Posted: 08 Dec 2009

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