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Passenger Safety for Big Kids
Car Seats and Booster Seats
We know big kids are eager to grow up, and that means sitting in the front just like adults. But real VIPs ride in the back seat, and that's where your kids should sit every time until they are 13. Here are a few more tips to keep your kids as safe as possible during every ride.
Top Safety Tips
- Kids who have outgrown a forward-facing harness seat are not ready for just a seat belt or the front seat yet. Instead, they should transition to a booster seat that enables the adult seat belt to fit properly.
- When your child is seated in the booster seat, make sure the lap and shoulder belts fit snugly. The lap belt should fit low across the hips and the shoulder belt across the shoulder, not behind the back or under the arm.
- Children no longer needs booster seats when they can pass the following Safety Belt Fit Test:
- The child's knees should bend at the edge of the seat when his or her back and bottom are against the vehicle seat back;
- The vehicle lap belt should fit across the upper thighs; and
- The shoulder belt should fit across the shoulder and chest. Older kids get weighed and measured less often than babies, so check your child's growth a few times a year. Generally, kids need to use a booster seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. For most kids, they will be between ages 8 to 12 year old.
- We know that when adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
- When carpooling, make sure you have enough seating positions and booster seats for every child in your car and that kids enter and exit curbside.