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When can my 5 year old stop using the car seat? Does he need to have a booster?

He is 41 lbs and we live in Illinois.







Janice M
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He can stop using a booster seat when he passes this 5-step test.. And not a moment sooner.. He needs to be in a booster seat, or a car seat that has a high weight limit(one that uses the harness above 40 lbs. check them owners manual of your seat.. many only go to 40 lbs) until he passes this 5-step test.. The 5-Step Test. 1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat? 2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat? 3. Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm? 4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs? 5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to make both the shoulder belt and the lap belt fit right for the best crash protection. Your child will be more comfortable, too! http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm Hope that helps!! Janice-mom to a 5 year old(in a Britax Wizard and Regent) and certified car seat technician


Gypsy Girl
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I'm not sure about the law in Illinois, but in New York, kids under 8, less than 4' 9" and less than 80lbs must use a booster seat. This is a recient change due to the number of deaths of children under age 8 that did not fit properly into adult seatbelts. My sister keeps her daughter in a booster seat even though she already meet the age requirement because she does not yet meet the height and weight requireents. I think this is a good idea. Here is a link to one article on the subject. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/29/earlyshow/living/ConsumerWatch/main683679.shtml


and1balla26
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when she is 4'9 and 90 pounds


timmn
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They say that kids need a booster seat until they reach 4'9".


Mr Goodhi ©
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He still needs a booster seat.







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