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    CPS Technician zactayaus's Avatar
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    How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    For those of us with teenagers I was just wondering how old your NOW teenager was when they no longer used a carseat. I know things were a lot different even back then and I know for myself I was not as educated about carseats as I am now. Also do you remember what the last seat was that they used?

    My oldest DS who is now 17yrs used a carseat until he was 6yrs old (which at the time where I live was virtually unheard of). The last seat he used was a combo seat made by Century. It was a highback booster type seat with no head wings no side wings (literaly a flat seat). It had a harness that could be removed so that you could use the seat as a booster. I don't remember what the harness weight or height went up to.

    If anyone knows the seat I'm talking about and has a picture of it please post one if you can.

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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    It was probably a Century Breverra (p 17 below)

    http://www.carseat.org/Pictorial/3-Five-%20Point-np.pdf

    My oldest is almost 16, and she was out of a seat at 4, I am guessing (can't remember that far back) - but she went back into a booster at ... 6? and stayed there until almost 11 (she is fairly short). It was a RightFit until she hit 80 pounds, and I am not sure what she went into after that (but she asked for a seat w/a 100 piund limit so she didn't have to use the regular seatbelt alone) - my memory stinks!
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    The Brevera? I had one! The law here was 4 yr old, so that is what I did. I also had that seat, and the wonderful one that had a built in lap only belt. My one and only new seat was the Renolux.

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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    oh my. Gosh I am not sure. I bet I had her in a booster seat ASAP though. yikes. scary I have no memory of that. She did have a tshield century though when she was younger. I bet I put her in a low back booster. But I really cant recall.
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    [QUOTE=seatchecker;371699]It was probably a Century Breverra (p 17 below)

    That is the seat. Yikes. Not much SIP is there!

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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My little sister is 14 now, born when I was 14, almost 15. I clearly remember her carseats. The last one she rode in was a Gerry Double Guard shield booster. She only used it until about 6, maybe 7, IIRC.
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    Well, my teen is just now 13, so not as good an example of "back in the day." But he used a booster until he passed the 5-step test, which means he quit using one around age 9 or 10 in our little VW Golf, but kept using one until age 11 in our Chevy Astro.

    He's been in a booster since age 3, though. And his first one was a shield booster.
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My 15 year old never used a car seat. She rode around in a cardboard box on the floor of the vehicle and then went straight to a seatbelt.

    Needless to say, I was not her mother at that time and she is lucky they were never in a collision or sudden stop. I only met her when she turned 4 and she was definitely riding around in a seatbelt at that time.

    She is very tall (5'10" now) and fit the seatbelt correctly by the time I learned about CPS when she was 8 years old.
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My 13yo sister had a gerry shield booster in my mom's van but when I bought my truck when I was 17 I bought her a backless tb so she could sit in the front and see out the window She was probably 6 or 7 at the time.
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My oldest is 14.5. He was turned FF at 14 months in a used overhead shield seat. Around 3.5, he went into a shield booster (also used). Once he was too tall for the shield booster (tip of ears over the low bench seat backs) he went into a l/s with a seat belt adjuster. He must have been about 4.5, becasue he was still in preschool. Thankfully, less than a year later, at about 5.5, I was told about the dangers of seat belt adjusters and the need for a belt positioning booster. I quickly went out and got him a Cosco HBB. He used that for about a year, then went onto a Britax StarRiser/Comfy. He used that until he fit the seat belt. He was 10.10 y/o when he was allowed to go without a booster in my car. He continued to use a backless in dh's car for about another 9-12 months.

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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    Ok my dd is about to be 23yrs but she only used a seat till about 2 maybe 2 1/2. We never really had a car after that age, when we were in a car she used a seatbelt.

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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My brother is 11, I remember he had evenflo infant seats, and I don't remember any seats after that at all I totaled my car w/ him in the front w/ the shoulder strap behind him at three. I (23) used an overhead shield until between 4-5, but it was mainly because they got a new car, and it didnt have a backseat (a suzuki samuri) and they mae me a little bench and bungeed my seat onto it until the back seat came in. I used the OHS from birth.
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    i don't have ateenager but i remember my little brother being 4 an in what would be considered a no back booster. it was made by fisher price it was tan and was actually made of plastic ans the belt just when under the armrests. i tried to find a picture but i can't
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My DD is 14 1/2. She was in a Gerry double guard shield booster by 2 (came out of a Century Tshield seat that we had washed with bleach and recovered ) and then we put her into the new thing on the market. A gerry harnessed booster. She rode in that for a couple years, then she was back into the double guard. I think she was out of the by 4 into a seatbelt with those triangular adjustors that you just put the seatbelt through to keep the shoulder belt off their face. Then I think she went into a Right Fit at about 5 and used that for a very, very short time.

    I am so glad we didn't get into an accident.
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My teenager, 17 on Easter, had a car seat that was acutally ordered from my folks from our insurance company - it was a Century and I think it had a t-shield. It was so big that on the way home from the hospital the straps were above her head. - back then the hospital didn't check. We borrowed a car seat from her dad's coworker - had thin metal legs (and I'm sure it was a used one for them as well) a couple months later we got a "bucket" seat for her from his step-sister when her son outgrew it - want to say it was graco/evenflo. she was in a low/backless booster with the lap "bar" that "guided" the seatbelt, probably till at least 6/7. didn't think it was that long but thinking back it actually was. Scary to think she rode in a Uhaul truck cross county seat belted at 6!
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    my 17 yo was probably turned FF at 1. i dont think he was in a carseat after. i know right before his 6th birthday we drove to Boston and he wasnt in a seat then. how lucky we all were,huh?

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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My 17yr old was turned FF at only 6mon old . That was the recomened age to turn kids forward at that time. He was in a century convertible carseat with they overhead tray.

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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My now 16 yo was about 6 or so when she was out of her shield booster (Cosco Grand Exlporer). When she was 9 and I took my car to have my middle dd's infant seat checked, she went back into a booster (Evenflo Right Fit) and stayed in it until she was 12, almost 13 when she finally had a growth spurt and fit without it.
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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    My son is 15 and FF'd at 9 months, then we were in our car accident. That is what caused all his GI problems.

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    Re: How old was your NOW teenager when they no longer used a carseat and what seat was it?

    Quote Originally Posted by zactayaus View Post
    My 17yr old was turned FF at only 6mon old . That was the recomened age to turn kids forward at that time. He was in a century convertible carseat with they overhead tray.

    My 14 yo was FF by 6 mos also. She was in the Tshield Century with a 'cushion' to hold her up high enough for the shield to be under her chin instead of in front of her face
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