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When can my kid stop using a car seat?

When can my kid stop using a car seat?

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California state law requires children under two years of age to ride in a rear-facing car seat. The law also requires children to remain in a booster or car seat until they are 8 years old, or 4 feet 9 inches tall.

When does a child stop using a car seat?

So, at what age can a child stop using a car seat or booster seat? Like we said, the first thing you need to do is ensure your are complying with the car seat and booster seat laws in your state. Beyond that, it will depend on whether the child has grown to the point where using only a seat belt is safe enough.

How old do you have to be to be in a car seat?

In fact, a NHTSA review conducted in 2009 found that half of all children age 7 and younger killed in motor vehicle crashes were not in any type of child safety restraint. Which states have car seat requirements for children?

How old does a child have to be to ride in a forward facing car seat?

This is usually at three to five years old, depending on the seat and the child’s growth. One-third of states in the U.S. have updated their child passenger safety laws to require rear-facing seats until age two. Some state laws and some convertible car seats say that kids can ride forward facing if they are at least one year old.

How old does a child have to be to travel without a car seat?

Children under 3 must be in a child car seat. If there’s no room for a third child car seat in the back of the vehicle, the child must travel in the front seat with the correct child car seat.

When to turn car seat forward?

You should wait until the child is AT LEAST two years of age to safely turn the car seat in a forward-facing position.

How safe are car seats?

Yes, all-in-one car seats are safe. Convertible “All-In-One” car seats usually have a higher limit on height and weight which means you can keep your child rear-facing in your vehicle for a longer amount of time – and rear-facing is THE safest position for a car seat in your vehicle.

What is the age limit for car seats?

It’s generally recommended that they ride in a car seat for as long as possible, because it’s considerably safer. So, keep children in the car seat until they reach the manufacturer’s specified size limit, which is usually between 40 and 65 pounds (and around 4 to 5 years of age).

What is the weight requirement for a car seat?

The weight limits for a forward-only facing car seat range between 40 and 80 pounds, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics .

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Ruth Doyle