Most parents move their children into booster seats or regular car seats too early. Don’t be one of them.
As of January 1, 2012, a new California law requires any child under the age of 8 and under 4-feet 9-inches (57″) tall to ride in a booster seat.
The old law required the booster until 6 years old or 60 pounds. This is an improvement since size matters more than weight, however, we recommend taking it further on your own:
- Children should always be in the back seat until at least 12 years old
- Use a rear facing car seat as long as possible – until your child out grows the manufacturer’s specifications
- Children should not be moved into a booster seat until they weigh at least 40 pounds
- Children should only be out of a booster when (usually between about 10-12 year old):
- knees bend at the edge of the seat cushion
- lap belt fits over the thighs (not the abdomen),
- shoulder belt crosses the shoulder or collar bone (not the neck)
- back sits firmly against back rest
- position can be maintained throughout the trip
The CHP says parents who do not properly secure their children in the mandatory booster seat may face fines at a minimum of $475 and one point on their driving record.
The safest place for your child is in the back seat in a rear facing car seat or booster seat.
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