Originally Posted by Kirsten
But I'm not putting my 15 year old in a booster no matter how petite she is.
: My 3-1/2-yr-old is in a high back harnessed booster, and will be harnessed until he maxes the weight limit (should be right around when he's 4) and then in the belt positioning I imagine until he's about 6; then a backless until he's 8-10, depending on the situation. We'll apply the same to my daughter. I just can't see how emotionally weird it would be to have a tween/teen in a booster seat, and agree with others that emotional health at that age is very important. PLUS
, we make it a point to buy the best crash-rated cars we can afford (we currently have a 5-star rated one on all crash scenarios) and
keep them properly maintained
, which are two things I think are VERY often overlooked in crash scenarios.
It's tragic when freak things happen like seat belts not working, or airbags not deploying or overdeploying; I can't imagine the horror of losing a child, and hope I never have to. But, at the same time, since it's risky to even be putting my child into a car in the first place and I take that risk almost every day, I take the whole scenario into consideration and make judgement calls from there, which include not making a tween/teen sit in a booster seat. I was 4'9" in 9th grade, and cannot imagine being forced to sit in a booster (even a backless one), nor can I imagine my parent making an argument that would convince me to do so willingly. Life is full of various levels of risk, which can be mitigated to varying degrees.