When is the right time to switch your child from a booster seat to a seat belt? It’s a question that many parents aren’t sure of, but making sure your kids are safely buckled up can make a huge difference if you’re ever in an accident.
The Connecticut Auto Accident Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers have put together these guidelines for fitting children safely and comfortably with seat belts. While these guidelines are not rules or legal requirements, they are recommendations to make sure your children are safe in the event of an accident.
For a child to properly fit with a seat belt, your child must…
- Be able to keep his or her back against the vehicle seat.
- Be tall enough to sit without slouching.
- Be able to keep his or her feet flat on the floor.
- Be able to keep his or her knees naturally bent over the edge of the vehicle seat.
In addition to those height guidelines, it is recommended that…
- The lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach.
- The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest, and not cross the neck or face.
- Never let a child put the shoulder belt under the arm or behind the backs, because it could cause severe injuries in a crash.
- Keep your child in the back seat because it is safer there.
We hope that you and your family arrived at your destinations safely, but if you have been in a crash caused by another driver, we’re here to answer your legal questions on your schedule. The Connecticut Auto Accident Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers are available to answer your legal questions any time, day or night.