Beyond Booster Seats

For most parents, the decision point for transitioning a child out of a booster and into a seat belt comes when a child grows to 4 feet 9 inches tall, usually between the ages of 8 and 12.


The transition to a seat belt provides an opportunity you to teach your child about safety. The first message is simple: If your child is a "Tween," (between the age of 8 and 12), the safest place for them to ride in the car is in the back seat - buckled up.


As a parent, you influence your kid by modeling safe driving practices - including buckling up every time you get in the car. Teach your tween that family safety is the responsibility of passengers as well as the driver.

Beyond Boosters
Instructional Video

Explain to your tween why safety matters. Give him or her the facts: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children aged 3 to 14. In the United States in 2009, 5,366 passengers under the age of 14 were involved in fatal crashes. Forty-six percent of them were not restrained by booster seats or seat belts.
A Simple Fit for Safety: Shoulder, Lap, in the Back
  • Tweens 4' 9" tall should use seat belts
  • A lap seat belt should fit lightly and low across the upper thighs
  • A shoulder seat belt should fit across the chest
  • Because children in the front seat are 40 percent more likely to be Injured, they should remain in the back seat through age 12