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June 25, 2013

Ask a Trooper: Can children ride in front seat of vehicles?

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• Booster seats — For use once a child has outgrown a forward-facing harness restraint; it’s safest to remain in a booster until 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8.
• Best Practice for graduating a child to seat belt use only — A child is ready for an adult seat belt when they can sit with their rump pushed back into the bite of the seat - back straight and knees bent comfortably and completely over the vehicle seat edge without slouching  and feet touching the floor. The child’s fit can change in different vehicles. Boys will likely stay in a booster longer, often until they are 10 years old, give or take, using this best practice.
For more information visit www.bucklesupkids.mn.gov.  This site can provide answers and resources for hands on checkups and training.
 

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