Car booster seats are right choice for small children
DEAR ABBY: What do you think of a grandmother who has her 7-year-old grandson sit in a baby car seat when she’s driving? The boy weighs 65 pounds and is 41⁄2 feet tall. His parents don’t want to cause a rift with her, as she helps them after school. He looks ridiculous and must feel embarrassed in front of his friends. Should relatives intervene? — GRANNY’S NEIGHBOR
DEAR NEIGHBOR: I took your question to a public affairs specialist with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He said that children through the age of 12 should always ride in the back seat. He also reminded me that seat belts were designed for adults, not children.
According to the NHTSA, the 7-year-old should be in a “booster” seat. A booster seat positions the seat belt so it fits properly over the shoulder and chest — the strongest parts of the child’s body — so it won’t cut him or her on the neck or face in case of an accident.
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