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    Carseat Crazy gagenivy's Avatar
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    Short adults

    I am sure this has been asked before but I can't find it. I am 5' 3"-not too terribly short-but the seatbelt hits me in awkward places. It cuts across my abdomen and high on my chest, despite adjusting seat and seatbelt. The other thread about the VW got me a little concerned. If I were to get into a wreck, that belt would do some serious injuries. What can I use to help the seatbelt stay in the proper place?
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    Re: Short adults

    Posture can affect seat belt fit. I have to make sure my seat back is upright enough and that I scooch my butt back as far as I can. I also pull the lap belt low on my thighs before I pull the extra slack out.

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    I do that

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    i know what you mean. i seriously wonder if i need a backless booster. i plan on getting one of those hip- or back-easing cushiony things, so i'm hoping that'll help.

    but if i DO get a backless booster for me, maybe my also-petite kids won't be as embarrassed to use theirs longer than their friends.
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    Hahahaha I fit within the stats to use a booster and I've wondered too lol!!

    When I bought the equinox one thing I made sure was that I could adjust the height of the seatbelt so it fit properly. You could use a foam wedge but that could potentially interfere with sensors in the seat. But that's more of a factor with advanced airbags.

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    Re: Short adults

    Seatbelt fit varies so much per vehicle. It's crazy. I'm 5'2" tall, so I run into a lot of high-riding lapbelts in vehicles. Chrysler, Nissan, and GM seem to be the worst offenders on me. Honda, Toyota, and Ford fit me pretty well.

    Keep your seatback upright, scoot your butt back, and keep yourself upright -- that helps some.

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    Definitely difficult being vertically challenged I will try a wedge thing. My issue (don't imagine me as an ape please) My legs are short in proportion to my arms. Despite having the pedals all of the way up (have adjustable pedals), seat back and good posture I just can not get the belt to fit. Makes sense about GM-that is what I have but test driving the Ford left te seatbelts where they should be.

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