Your child is the most precious cargo that you have and choosing the right car seat is the key to keeping them safe. Your child should never stay in a smaller size car seat if their head extends above the backrest. You may be wondering if your child still needs a car seat, or if it is time to move them to a seat belt.

Taking the car seat or booster seat in and out can seem like a hassle. However, if your child is not at the proper height and weight for the seat belt to fit properly, it can cause worse injuries in addition to those that are a result of the crash.

If you have any questions about whether your child is ready for an adult seat belt, there are plenty of resources to help. The NHTSA has a set of guidelines, and the state Highway Patrol is always willing to give helpful advice. They have a commitment to keeping your child safe, as do you.

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