All You Need to Know About Buckling Up in One Place

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Buckling Up Older Kids

Is your child ready for a seat belt?

One of the most common questions parents have is “When can my child ride in the car using just the adult seat belt?” Whether parents ask what is the law or what is safest for their child, our answer is always the same: “When the adult seat belt fits properly." That happens when you can answer YES to all five of these questions:

  • Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
  • Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat without slouching?
  • Does the shoulder belt cross the center of the shoulder and chest?
  • Does the lap belt fit low and snugly across the hips—touching the tops of the thighs—not up over the abdomen?
  • Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?

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