When to Stop Using a Booster Car Seat
Boys Town Pediatrics & National Safety Council Nebraska
Tim Tichy, Community Safety Manger
Tim Tichy: Most parents are taking kids out of booster seats way to early. What to do is if you think they have outgrown the booster seat, it's usually going to happen around 4 foot 9, and anywhere between the ages of 8 and 13.
So you're going to take the booster seat out and then you're going to go ahead and set your child and check to see if their knees bend comfortably over the ledge, does the lap belt ride across the lap, not up here on the stomach, does the shoulder belt come across the shoulder, no space behind their back as their knees bend over the edge, and they will ride that way the entire trip. If they can do all those things then they can safely ride in the car as an adult does with just a seat belt. If they can't pass any of those then they need to still be in the booster seat.
When is it time to let your child sit in the car like an adult? Tim Tichy, Community Safety Manager with The National Safety Council Nebraska, explains the test your child must pass in order to stop using their booster seat.