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8-Year-Old Out of a Booster Seat?

post #1 of 10
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There was a link about the 5-Step Test posted in another thread.I'm going to give a copy of the 5-Step Test to my SIL.

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by aquarius aspiring - 12/31/11 at 5:49pm
post #2 of 10

It's extremely, extremely unlikely that he fits the adult belt appropriately.  

 

Here's a video about belt fit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqC1OvyLBf0

post #3 of 10

It's a rare kid who will fit the 5 step test at 4'3" -- the rule is 4'9". We moved ds at 4'8" because we have a smaller car and he's got a very long torso relative to his legs. He was able to pass the 5 step test then. (In addition, the booster put his head up above the headrest in the back, and I was worried about his neck.) Ds was 8 1/2 then. He's also a light-weight, but I was more worried about his ability to sit properly.

 

Maybe you can offer to help fit the carseats in? Give them info as to where a certified carseat technician is who can help?

post #4 of 10

My son is 4'3" and he's nowhere near fitting without a booster. It can be hard to fit 3 seats in a row, though, and they'll probably need at least one new seat to get them all in. 

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Originally Posted by MJB View Post

My son is 4'3" and he's nowhere near fitting without a booster. It can be hard to fit 3 seats in a row, though, and they'll probably need at least one new seat to get them all in. 


What do you mean by at least one new seat? Do you mean a new car seat or booster seat?


Edited by aquarius aspiring - 12/31/11 at 5:50pm
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post

It's extremely, extremely unlikely that he fits the adult belt appropriately.  

 

Here's a video about belt fit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqC1OvyLBf0



Thank you. :) I didn't know if I was being extra cautious or not.

post #7 of 10

I have to ask:  did she ask what you thought?  If not, MYOB.  If she did, then fine, share your information.

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Originally Posted by fuzzylogic View Post

I have to ask:  did she ask what you thought?  If not, MYOB.  If she did, then fine, share your information.



Actually, no. She didn't ask what I thought. She has three kids and I don't have any. I am concerned with my nephew's safety, though. I'm concerned that he's out of a booster seat when he's too short and too lightweight to ride without it.

post #9 of 10

In one of our 3 cars, dd, at 4'4" and about 60 lbs. DOES fit without a booster.  Not only does she meet the 5 criteria points to be without a booster, with a booster, she sits too high and the belt comes across her upper arm instead of between her shoulder and neck as it should.

 

So, it depends on the child and on the car.  I am absolutely the biggest safety freak, so I would never do anything that I felt was not 100% in dd's safest interests.  In her case, using a booster *in this one vehicle* was not as safe as using none.  In the other two cars she uses a backed booster in one and backless booster in the other because they fit the best for her in those vehicles.  I use what keeps her the safest in each vehicle.  I, too, was worried about the whole 4'9" and 80lbs. but the fact of the matter is that it's a guideline and a good one at that... but it's not a hard and fast rule.  If the child is safer without a booster, then having a booster is not only not helping... it's dangerous.

post #10 of 10

Soooooo many people I know with 7 year olds are like, "booster seat?  No way"

 

But I feel unsafe driving their children without one.

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