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<p>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.</p>
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<p>It's extremely, extremely unlikely that he fits the adult belt appropriately.  </p>
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<p>Here's a video about belt fit <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqC1OvyLBf0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqC1OvyLBf0</a></p>
 
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<p>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.</p>
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<p>Maybe you can offer to help fit the carseats in? Give them info as to where a certified carseat technician is who can help?</p>
 

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<p>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. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MJB</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280744/8-year-old-out-of-a-booster-seat#post_16063273"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>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. </p>
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What do you mean by at least one new seat? Do you mean a new car seat or booster seat?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>an_aurora</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280744/8-year-old-out-of-a-booster-seat#post_16061823"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>It's extremely, extremely unlikely that he fits the adult belt appropriately.  </p>
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<p>Here's a video about belt fit <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqC1OvyLBf0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqC1OvyLBf0</a></p>
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<br><br><p>Thank you. :) I didn't know if I was being extra cautious or not.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fuzzylogic</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280744/8-year-old-out-of-a-booster-seat#post_16063378"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I have to ask:  did she ask what you thought?  If not, MYOB.  If she did, then fine, share your information.</p>
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<br><br><p>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.</p>
 

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<p>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, <em>with</em> a booster, she sits too high and the belt comes across her upper arm instead of between her shoulder and neck as it should.</p>
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<p>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.</p>
 

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<p>Soooooo many people I know with 7 year olds are like, "booster seat?  No way"</p>
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<p>But I feel unsafe driving their children without one.</p>
 
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