Switching to the "big kid" seat belt


When do you transition your child out of a car seat or booster seat and into a normal seat belt?  Generally, the rule of thumb is when a child grows to 4 feet 9 inches tall... which is usually between 8 years and 12 years old.



This is a great opportunity for you to start teaching your child about safety.


  • The safest place for your children to ride in the car is in the backseat with the seat belts fastened.
  • Influence your children by modeling safe driving practices, like buckling up every time you get into the car.
  • Teach your children that family safety is the responsibility of every passenger, not just the driver.
  • Give them the facts: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children between the ages of 3 years and 14 years old; In the U.S. in 2009, 5,366 passengers under the age of 14 years were involved in fatal car crashes; Forty-six percent of these under-14-year-olds were not restrained by booster seats or seat belts.
Remember these tips for fitting correctly:


  • A lap seat belt should fit lightly and low across the upper thighs
  • A shoulder seat belt should fit across the chest.  Discourage your children from moving the belt behind their backs.
  • Children in the front seat are 40% more likely to be injured.  Therefore, they should remain in the backseat through the age of 12.


For more information on J Edward Knight Insurance, visit our website here, or give us a call.  We're happy to answer any of your questions.


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