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My child needs to use a booster seat until adult seat belts fit properly. How can I know they do?

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To know that adult seat belts fit your child properly, check the position of the lap belt and the shoulder belt on your child. The lap belt should be on the upper thighs -- not the stomach. The shoulder belt should be on the chest -- not the neck.

From: How to Keep Your Child Safe in a Car WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Child Passenger Safety: Fact Sheet."

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: "Car Seat Recommendations for Children," "Ease of Use Ratings."

Nemours Foundation: "Auto Safety."

Safercar.gov: "The Right Fit - Car Seat Installation."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Child Passenger Safety: Fact Sheet."

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: "Car Seat Recommendations for Children," "Ease of Use Ratings."

Nemours Foundation: "Auto Safety."

Safercar.gov: "The Right Fit - Car Seat Installation."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

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