How do I know when my child is ready to graduate from a booster seat to a safety belt alone?

Children should ride in boosters until at least age 8 or they are 4 feet 9 inches and the vehicle safety belts fit correctly. Correct fit means:

  • The child can sit all the way back against the vehicle seat, with knees bent comfortably over the edge.
  • The lap belt remains snugly across the bony areas of the lower hips/upper thighs (not the soft abdomen).
  • The shoulder belt remains snugly positioned across the chest and collarbone.

If any of these criteria are not met, it is likely that the child needs a belt-positioning booster seat.

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