High-Back Booster Combination Car Seats With 5-Point Harness

A mother fastening her child into a booster seat.
A mother fastening her child into a booster seat. Photo by Rob Van Petten / Getty Images

As you begin shopping for car seats for your child, you quickly realize that you have many options.

Whether or not your child should sit rear- or forward-facing or use harness straps isn't usually an option, but you can choose to get a convertible, combination, or all-in-one car seat, etc.

High-Back Booster Combination Car Seat With 5-Point Harness

This type of car seat is basically combines two seats in one - a forward-facing seat with harness straps and a booster seat.

Combination seats can be used as a forward-facing car seat with harness straps until your child reaches the harness strap height and weight limits, when it can then become a belt-positioning booster seat.

Other things to know about combination car seats include that:

  • They can often be used by children who are at least 20 to 25 pounds when used with harness straps.
  • The harness straps should be at or above child's shoulders.
  • The harness chest clip should be at child's armpit level.
  • You can remove harness when child reaches the seat's harness weight (40 to 90 pounds) and height limit and use the vehicle's adult lap and shoulder belt across child (belt-positioning booster), although keep in mind that the new car seat recommendations of American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend that kids stay in a harnessed seat as long as possible.
  • Many combination seats also convert into backless booster seats.

    This type of combination seat is in contrast to:

    • infant only seats - can only be used rear facing
    • convertible seats - converts from rear-facing seat for infants to a forward-facing seat for toddlers
    • 3-in-1 seats - converts from rear-facing seat for infants to a forward-facing seat for toddlers and preschoolers and again to a booster seat for older school age children
    • high back booster seats - can only be used as a booster
    • backless booster seats - can only be used as a booster

    What's the benefit of getting a combination seat? A very tall child could stay in a seat with harness straps longer since these seats generally higher height limits than other types of seats.

    Featured Combination Car Seats:

    Prices vary a great deal on these types of seats but remember that the AAP states that you should not "decide by price alone" and that "The best seat is the one that fits your child's size, is correctly installed, fits well in your vehicle, and is used properly every time you drive."

    • Britax Frontier Click Tight Harness-2-Booster - can be used to 90 pounds and 58 inches as a car seat and 120 pounds as a booster seat
    • Eddie Bauer Combination Booster - can be used to 65 pounds as a car seat and 100 pounds as a booster seat
    • Evenflo Chase (Select/LX) - can be used to 40 pounds as a car seat and 110 pounds as a booster seat

    Look for a seat thinking about your child's height and weight and how he is growing.

    You don't want your child outgrowing a car seat too soon, so if your child is at the top of the growth charts, consider buying a seat with high weight and height limits.

    Sources:

    American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement. Child Passenger Safety. Pediatrics 2011;127:788-793.

    American Academy of Pediatrics. Car Seats: Product Listing for 2016

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