My mom still makes me buckle up before she starts to drive away. Your kids might think it is annoying, but it can be the difference between life and death. Even in small accidents, wearing a seat belt can make a huge difference.
So when can your child wear a regular seat belt without a booster seat? Here are some tips to keep in mind. Please know that it varies from child to child and the safest route is to go by weight and height. To learn more, go to www.safercar.gov.
When is My Child Ready for an Adult Seat Belt?
- Be tall enough to sit without slouching;
- Be able to keep his or her back against the vehicle seat;
- Be able to keep his or her knees naturally bent over the edge of the vehicle seat; and
- Be able to keep his or her feet flat on the floor.
- The lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach.
- The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest, and not cross the neck or face.
- Never let a child put the shoulder belt under an arm or behind the back, because it could cause severe injuries in a crash.
- Keep your child in the back seat because it is safer there.
Always check your child’s belt fit in every vehicle. A booster seat may be needed in some vehicles and not in others. If the seat belt does not fit properly yet, the child should continue to use a booster seat.
$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!
Help spread the news, share this post and enter to win $100 Amazon Gift Card!