Should my 7 year old be in a 5 point harness?
Even big kids need to be safe in cars! NHTSA recommends children remain in a forward-facing car seat with a 5-point harness until the child reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by the seat. At which time, the child can move into a belt positioning device.
At what age do kids stop using car seats?
To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements. Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12. Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat.
Does a 10 year old need a car seat?
Children should use a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old. Children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old.
Does a 9 year old need a car seat?
California’s Occupant Protection Law
Children under the age of 8 are required to be secured in a car or booster seat. Children who are 8 years old OR at least 4’9” may be secured by a booster seat, but at minimum wear a seat belt.
How do I know what kind of car seat my child needs?
5 Ways to Make Sure Your Child Is Safe
- Right seat: Check the seat’s height and weight limits (see our timeline above). …
- Seat tight: Once installed, the seat shouldn’t move more than 1 inch side to side or front to back. …
- Harness height: In rear-facing installation, the harness straps are at or below your baby’s shoulders.
How long can a child be in a 5-point harness?
“It is best for children to ride in a seat with a harness as long as possible, at least to 4 years of age. If your child outgrows a seat before reaching 4 years of age, consider using a seat with a harness approved for higher weights and heights.”
When can a child move to a high back booster?
All children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years of age.