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A car/booster seat question

Posted by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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My son is 7 years old.

At what age can he ride in a car without a car/booster seat?

where can I get this information from?

by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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LexRi0709
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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Each state has different laws. It should be on DOT's website for your state. Do a google seach for carseat laws in x state.
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Lorelai_Nicole
by Lorelai on Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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What state are you in?

Also, he should pass the 5-Step Test before riding without a booster.
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Dimples04
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM
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It's not about age. Most states it's 8 yrs before they can legally be out. Safety wise it is about the seat belt fit.

http://thecarseatlady.wordpress.com/boosters/5-step-test/
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alexsmomaubrys2
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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How tall is he? How much does he weigh? Those are more important then age. My son is 7 and no where near getting out of his booster.
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jen113000
by Jenna on Oct. 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM
My almost 7 year old still rides in a 5 pt harness. I agree weight and (torso) height are more important then age.
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CjEmmemommy
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 11:08 AM
It depends on your stae, you can google or go to the state website.
In Colorado and Texas its 8 hrs, 80 pounds or 4 foot 9
JasonsMom2007
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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When he can pass the 5 step test

Boosters Are For Big Kids   

Most kids need to ride in a booster seat from about age 4 until age 10-12.

If your child isn’t using a booster, try the simple test below the next time you ride together in the car.  You may find that your child is not yet ready to use a safety belt without a booster.

The 5-Step Test.

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!

 

For best protection, all children should ride in the back seat until they are ready to drive. It's twice as safe as the front seat.

Sami....
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM
When he reaches 4'9, it's safe. Laws vary by state. Just google it.
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Sami....
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM
According to your profile, you're in NY. "Is required for all children until their 8th birthday and,
Must meet the size and weight requirements for the child based on the Federal requirements and the recommendations of the manufacturer, and
Can be a child safety seat, a harness, a vest or a booster seat attached with the vehicle seat belt or latch system, but not the vehicle seat belt alone, and
Should not be used in the front seat of the vehicle.
If the child is eight years old and is under 4'9" tall or weighs less than 100 lbs, it is recommended that you continue to use a child restraint system."
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vinalex0581
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM

he weighs 50lbs and is 50 inches

Quoting alexsmomaubrys2:

How tall is he? How much does he weigh? Those are more important then age. My son is 7 and no where near getting out of his booster.


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