4'9" safer in booster still?

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MapleHeightsMom

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I have an 8 year old who is 4'9" and 84 lbs. Technically of size and age for no booster seat, yet I don't feel he is safe when I see him in only a seatbelt. Is it okay to keep him in a seat for a little longer? Or could that actually become unsafe because of his size?
I just bought a Britax booster with a guide (mounted on the seat between the legs) for the lap belt, so as to keep it from impacting her vital organs in case of an accident. It is meant to keep the lap belt on the upper thigh area.. Does anyone know if that feature has been proven to be safer?
Any positive responses are appreciated. Thank you.
 
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SafeDad

CPSDarren - Admin
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I have an 8 year old who is 4'9" and 84 lbs. Technically of size and age for no booster seat, yet I don't feel he is safe when I see him in only a seatbelt. Is it okay to keep him in a seat for a little longer? Or could that actually become unsafe because of his size?
I just bought a Britax booster with a guide (mounted on the seat between the legs) for the lap belt, so as to keep it from impacting her vital organs in case of an accident. It is meant to keep the lap belt on the upper thigh area.. Does anyone know if that feature has been proven to be safer?
Any positive responses are appreciated. Thank you.

Hi and welcome to Car-Seat.Org,

The best way to judge if he is ready to be out of a booster seat is the 5-step test:


Depending on his torso height, it is also possible he may have outgrown some of the shorter high back boosters. Models with the SecureGuard like HighPoint and MidPoint tend to be above average in height adjustment.

I do not know of any independent testing of the Britax SecureGuard clip to show it is proven to be safer than used without. In my personal experience, it does help keep the lap belt in the correct position. This is important, especially for squirmy kids.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
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Only a small percentage of kids (about a quarter) actually pass the 5-Step test at that height. Remember to check it in each different vehicle and seating position even when your child starts to pass in some seating positions.
 

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