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    Locking seatbelt for older child or teen

    Hello. I was wondering does it ever make sense to lock the seatbelt retractor when worn by an older child or teen (without a booster or baby seat) to help them feel more snug when asleep? What about someone who has posture issues?

    Thanks for your advice,

    Jeff

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    Re: Locking seatbelt for older child or teen

    No, not for someone who doesn't need it.

    As for the posture issues, is this someone who can sit upright on their own?

    Wendy
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    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
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    Re: Locking seatbelt for older child or teen

    Hello,

    Yes he cannot sit upright.

    Thank you

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    Re: Locking seatbelt for older child or teen

    How old, tall, and heavy is he? Probably a special needs seat or harness would be better suited.

    Wendy
    wendy, cpst-i mom to
    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
    https://www.car-seat.org/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=1353&dateline=1552329  785

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    Re: Locking seatbelt for older child or teen

    Quote Originally Posted by wendytthomas View Post
    How old, tall, and heavy is he? Probably a special needs seat or harness would be better suited.

    Wendy
    He is 12 years old. 95 pounds. Adopted from a foreign country.

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    Re: Locking seatbelt for older child or teen

    How tall?

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    wendy, cpst-i mom to
    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
    https://www.car-seat.org/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=1353&dateline=1552329  785

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    Re: Locking seatbelt for older child or teen

    60 inches

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    Re: Locking seatbelt for older child or teen

    The Merritt Churchill may work very well, as it will help position and hold up this child. http://www.merrittcarseat.com/churchillcarseat/

    That would keep him upright and seated properly. With just a three point belt, he could still slump right out of the open side.

    Wendy
    wendy, cpst-i mom to
    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic
    https://www.car-seat.org/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=1353&dateline=1552329  785

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