State laws mandating the use of seatbelts in cars
Can the child stay seated like this for the whole 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.*The “5 Step Test” was developed by Safety Belt Safe, USA.In 1977, Tennessee became the first state to pass a child restraint law. Robert Sanders, the Murfreesboro pediatrician known as “Dr.Seat Belt,” played an extraordinary role in the passage of Tennessee’s Child Passenger Protection Act.
It is only recommended that a child ride in the front seat of a vehicle when there are no other options.The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat.Infant-only seats have lower weight limits, so you may be able to purchase a convertible seat (that is both rear-facing and forward-facing) that has a higher weight and height limit to keep your child rear-facing longer.Typically your child may reach the age of nine before reaching 4’9”, if this is the case then they still should remain in a booster until they have reached the appropriate height.The 5-step test below is a good way to measure if your child is ready to transition to a seat belt The seat belt should fit your child “belts to bones” where it comes over their shoulder (laying on their collar bone), across their chest (laying on their sternum), and buckle low on the hips (laying across their pelvic bones).