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carseat saftey, how safe are you?

Anonymous
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Last weekend my mother came to pick up my 8 year old son. I heatd him ask her if he could ride on the front seat. She said that was fine. I turned around to see him climbing over the seat and into the front. No booster no nothing. I opened the door and told him to get back in his booster seat in the back. She said, "oh don't worry he's fine because he's 8 he doesn't have to use one. I was under the understanding it was 4'9 or 80 until they could ride without a booster. My son is 4'5 57lbs. Am I missing something?
Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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Retrokitty
by Jasmyne on Oct. 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM
Here it's 4'9 or 9 years old and you must be 12 to legally ride in the front seat.
I would make my son ride in a booster.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Guidelines for Parents and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers can:

  • Use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short. This sets a good example.
  • Make sure children are properly buckled up in a seat belt, booster seat, or car seat, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight. 

    Know the stages:

    • Birth up to Age 2 – Rear-facing car seat. For the best possible protection, infants and children should be kept in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat buckled with the seat’s harness, until they reach the upper weight or height limits of their particular seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual for weight and height limits.
    • Age 2 up to at least Age 5 – Forward-facing car seat. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats they should ride in forward-facing car seats, in the back seat buckled with the seat’s harness, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their particular seat. Check the seat’s owner’s manual for weight and height limits.
    • Age 5 up to at least Age 9 – Booster seat. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (by reaching the upper height and weight limits of their seat), they should ride in belt positioning booster seats. Remember to keep children in the back seat for the best possible protection.
    • Once Seat Belts Fit Properly – Children should use booster seats until adult seat belts fit them properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (not the neck). The recommended height for proper seat belt fit is 57 inches tall. For the best possible protection keep children in the back seat and use lap-and-shoulder belts.
  • All children aged 12 and under should ride in the back seat. Airbags can kill young children riding in the front seat. Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat or in front of an air bag.
  • Place children in the middle of the back seat when possible, because it is the safest spot in the vehicle.9
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