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At what age can a child use a booster seat instead of a car seat?

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A child must be 4 years old and have reached the maximum height allowed in a forward-facing car seat before using a backless booster seat, as of 2015. Parents who own a forward-facing car seat should check the manufacturer's instructions for the maximum height it permits.

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Manufacturers often create child safety seats to serve multiple age, height, weight and safety ranges. Some forward-facing seats have extended weight or height safety ranges that allow them to act as a booster seat if the child does not meet all the requirements for a backless booster seat. When choosing a child safety seat, parents should review the government safety recommendations as well as the operating ranges for each seat.

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