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What's the recommended age/weight/height for a child to sit in the backseat with no booster?

And does it vary state to state? We live in FL.


Asked by Anonymous at 10:33 AM on Nov. 3, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • The Law varies from state to state, however it is safest for children to ride in a booster seat until they pass this "5 Step Test" regardless of their age/weight.

    1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
    2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
    3. Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
    4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
    5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?

    If you answered "no" to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to make both the shoulder belt and the lap belt fit right for the best crash protection. Your child will be more comfortable, too!

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 12:37 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • I just got in trouble for this..ugh they have to be over 80 lbs to not have a booster. Start feeding your kids or use the booster lol

    Answer by Mrs.Oriaku at 10:37 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • It depends on the state in which you live.

    In mine, they have to be 8 or 4'9" to be without a booster.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • The height is 4ft9in. I knew this info, but I also just saw an ad on television "reminding" parents.

    Answer by vances_mom at 10:45 AM on Nov. 3, 2009


    It appears in FL that as long as they're 4 or older they don't have to be in a booster at all.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 AM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Check out this website for the current guidelines for each state:  Remember - these are just the minimum laws in each state and state laws may have changed since it was poated. 

    "Currently, there is a major push to enact laws that require children to be in a booster seat until the age of 8 or 80 lbs. As a general rule: Rear facing car seat / infant car seat until 1 year old and 20 lbs. Car seat until 4 years old and 40 lbs. Booster seat until 8 years old and 80 lbs."


    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 12:22 PM on Nov. 3, 2009