crash tests without boosters?


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I've spent an hour trying, on YouTube, and come up with a few but none are really what I was looking for. I'd like to find some crash test footage of what happens when a kid who's under 4'9" and/or under 80lbs doesn't use a booster. Does it exist? I was rather irritated with all the ones I found b/c most mention 8 as the magic age, ignoring the fact that lots of 8yos aren't 4'9". My son is 95% for height and weight and is not 4'9" tall at 8yo. Nor is he eighty pounds, close, but no cigar, much to his chagrin.

I have several friends who have very very petite kids, heads shorter and easily only 40-50lbs who have long since stopped using boosters. One regularly sits in a lapbelt, too, something I can't change either. I'm not doing it now, that's too passive aggressive since it just came up tonight with one friend, but at some point I want to post something to FB. Anything to share?


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There's this one but as there's no talking or subtitle I don't actually know what's being tested - it's visually effective though: Adult belt is not enough - YouTube

This one highlights 4'9" but at the very end links to a website. Good visual as well!

I saw that first one and the visual is exactly what I'm looking for, I guess I just tell someone what they're seeing is a kid not big enough to ride without a booster? Since it doesn't say.

I wish I could find something from the era when we decided boosters were needed, all the organ damage that resulted from lap belts riding too high and such. Anything that says till 8 I'm leaving out no matter how good b/c that's what my friends are standing on: they're kids are 8 or over so they don't need them, without any regard to the fact their kids are off the bottom of the percentile scale in both height and weight. Seriously, the 10yo is the size of a 5-6yo as is the 8yo.

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