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Kids Safety and Education: Car Seats, Part 2
GLENVILLE -- Previously, we reported that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 4'9" and between 80 to 85 lbs. should be in a booster seat. However, even if you follow these guidelines, your child may still be at risk based on the vehicle you drive.
"They may be able to ride in Dad's car, but not in Mom's. They may be able to ride in their parents' car, but not the grandparents' or friend's car," said Officer David Gallup with the Glenville Police Department.
Gallup said it all comes down to the car manufacturer's design of the seat belts and seats. Some seats are longer or wider, ultimately affecting how the child sits with the seatbelt fastened.
Some vehicles, like a Subaru, have a very small base for the seat, and the child's legs hang over the edge of the seat - which is preferred. In some cars, like a Ford Escape, the wider seat makes the child's legs stick out straight, putting him or her at risk for an injury.
Glenville Police recommend a child stop using a booster seat when their back is against the seat, their legs hang over the edge, and the seat belt fits across the center of the chest not touching the neck. If this checks out in every car the child rides in, they said you can stop using a booster seat
Officer Gallup said that more car manufacturers are getting better about being booster seat friendly.
Some have also asked at what age they should turn the rear-facing car seat around to face the front. Experts have said to wait two years or longer to the limit of the seats.