When it comes to your children's safety in the car, you may be wondering when it's time for your little ones to graduate from a booster seat to an adult seatbelt. While children typically meet height and weight requirements around age 12, your kids may take more or less time depending on their rate of growth. Here are some car travel tips and car safety tips for properly conducting the safety belt fit test.
To start, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas advises checking how your child sits in your vehicle's seats. With his or her back and bottom flat against the cushion, check to see where his or her knees fall. Unless they can bend comfortably at the edge, they're not ready to leave the booster seat.
Moving beyond the seat, you should next check to see how the seatbelt rests across your child's lap, according to SafeKids.org. Once buckled, the belt must lay flat against the bottom of his or her hips - anywhere across the stomach is too high.
Properly Conducting the Safety Belt Fit Test for Children
Finally, look to the shoulder strap. The belt should fall naturally across the child's shoulder and collarbone. Allow your child to settle into the seat and see if the seat belt remains secure in the right places. If there is no movement, then your son or daughter is ready to ride like an adult. For those who aren't yet old enough, give them a few more months of growth and then conduct the test again.
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