Protecting Larger Children Accord
When a child is too big for a child seat, secure the child in a rear seat using the lap/shoulder seat belt.
Have the child sit upright and all the way back, then ensure the following:
- The child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the seat.
- The shoulder belt crosses between the child’s neck and arm.
- The lap part of the seat belt is as low as possible, touching the child’s thighs.
- The child can stay seated for the whole trip.
If a lap/shoulder belt cannot be used properly, position the child in a booster seat in a rear seating position. For the child’s safety, check that the child meets the booster seat manufacturer’s recommendations.
Some U.S. statesand Canadian provinces/territories require children to use a booster seat until they reach a given age or weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs). Be sure to check current laws in the state or province/territory where you intend to drive.
Allowing a child age 12 or under to sit in the front can result in injury or death if the passenger’s front airbag inflates.
If a larger child must ride in front, move the vehicle seat as far to the rear as possible, have the child sit up properly and wear the seat belt properly, using a booster seat if needed.
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