Join Date: Dec 2002
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I have a dd who just turned 10. She's 4' 7 1/2 " tall. In our state you can stop using a booster when you're 8 or have reached 4'9" (my understanding is that safety advocates are trying to have the age 8 part taken out and make it simply 4' 9"). Anyway, there have been several instances this summer where I have driven her friends or she has been in other cars and it's really shocked me how many kids, older than age 8 but far shorter than my dd, no longer use booster seats.
Kids will get in my car and say, "Oh, I don't use a booster seat anymore." My reply: "You need to use one in my car." Or I'll walk to the person's car who is driving my dd, arrange my dd's booster seat and notice that there are no other booster seats in the car.
This strikes me as so odd. All these parents are people that I like and trust to have my child spend time with. A couple of them I find to be extremely protective around their child's health and safety in other areas, so why not using booster seats?
I make sure the parent knows dd must be in a booster seat because she's not tall enough yet to ride safely without one (my dd stands 1" or 2" or more above most of her friends). A few times the parent has sheepishly said, "Oh, we should be doing that..." WTF? I just don't get it.
This also makes a situation where my dd complains about having to sit in a booster when she's older/taller than her friends that don't. Not that her complaints change my mind.
I guess I just needed to vent because it came up again today and I find it so baffling.