how old can a child be to not have to sit in a booster seat anymore?

Mianda - posted on 04/17/2010 ( 67 moms have responded )

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i was just wondering how old a child could be to sit in the regualar seat in the car my cousin that lives with me is eight years old and i heard that at eight years old they can be out of a booster... if anyone knows any information about it please let me know!

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Amy - posted on 04/17/2010

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It all depends on the laws for your state/province. In Oregon, where I am at, it's 8 years old or 80 lbs, whichever comes first. It is also strongly suggested that if you have a back seat, put your kid there instead of the front.

Iridescent - posted on 04/17/2010

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It's very much an age requirement. You put a 20 pound 4 month old in a forward facing seat, you better believe you'll get a ticket. Every state has at least one age requirement, Alaska being the youngest at 4 years old.

Sharon - posted on 04/17/2010

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Its usually a height & weight requirement. NOT an age requirement.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/17/2010

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I think the "legal" age varies state by state. 8 is probably the most common. But, in truth, they should have a booster until their height allows them to sit back with their knees bent in the seat. Also, the seat belt, if it has the shoulder strap, should fit across their chest. Remember, the booster seat is for safety. If the child doesn't fit the seat well, they should still be in a booster.

Valerie - posted on 04/17/2010

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Yea I think here in Ks it is like 4'9 or so and about 70 pounds, it depends on the age and height plus the state Regulations in your area. I never made my kids sit in them that long really cus It makes them feel like a baby, but they always sat in the back and also had those seat belt holder things to make it fit right and comfy.

Lauren - posted on 04/17/2010

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I always heard 80 pounds, or at least tall enough so that the shoulder belt fits properly.

Acecia - posted on 04/17/2010

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Every state is different. If you live in NY its 8 years old. It was 7 last year but they changed it in november to 8 years old. There arent any height or weight requirements for new york neither because size varies too much between individuals. You can find the internet online though or like someone else said.. call the local police department. :0)

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In Missouri, the child must be 4'9" and over 60lbs to sit in the back seat without any kind of child seat or booster seat. I was just looking this up myself, recently. And to sit in front they have to be over the age of 12 and follow the height and weight criteria.

Colleen - posted on 04/17/2010

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It depends not only on age but size and weight. Call your local police and they will be able to give you that information.

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Depends on the state. In my state it is 6, but have you ever put a 6 year old in a back seat with just a seat belt? On most 6 year olds it would have that guillotine look to it. If your kid's age meets state requirements and you think maybe they are ready for just a seat belt, put them in the back seat strap them in and look at it. It will depend on a child's height, weight etc. Every child is a little different.

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well its a height & sometimes weight thing not an age thing at least that is how TX is. and for regular seat they have to be 4'9

Daura - posted on 04/17/2010

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11 years old. My son just turned 12 last December, he can sit in the regular backseat of the car, but is still too short for the front seat safety with the air bags being there.

Amy - posted on 04/17/2010

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Each state differs, so you'll have to call your local police dept or look it up on the Internet for your state.

Amy - posted on 04/17/2010

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Each state differs, so you'll have to call your local police dept or look it up on the Internet for your state.

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