The Best Seat for Your Child: Eight Years and Older
Children are typically ready for the vehicle’s seat belt when they are four feet nine inches tall or taller and around age 8 (not before age 8).
If you can answer "Yes" to the following questions, the child is ready for an adult seat belt:
Source: Buckle Up Kids! A Guide for Choosing the Right Child Safety Restraint and Instructions for Correct Use, Minnesota Child Passenger Safety Program
- Does the child sit with his/her back against the vehicle seat back?
- Do the child’s knees bend comfortably around the vehicle seat edge?
- Do the child’s feet touch the floor?
- Does the seat belt rest on the shoulder (not on the face or upper arm)?
- Does the lap portion of the belt stay low on the hips?
- Can the child ride comfortably in this position for the whole trip?
- If you answered "No" to any of these questions, the child needs a booster with the lap and shoulder belt.
Child Car Seat Ease-of-Use Ratings: www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Ratings-Ease-Of-Use.htm