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Should Your Child Be in a Booster Seat?

posted Mar 5, 2019, 11:02 AM by Sarah LeBlanc

NM law states that if a child is at least 7 years old and weighs more than 60 pounds, he or she may shed the car seat and ride in a booster seat. The law also states that children ages 7 to 12 must ride in a booster seat until the adult seat belt fits them properly. How do you know if the seat belt fits?
If your child is NOT riding in a booster seat, try this 5-step test:
  1. Does the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat?
  2. Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat?
  3. Is the lap belt below the tummy, touching the thighs?
  4. Is the shoulder belt centered on the shoulder and chest?
  5. Can the child stay seated like this for the entire trip?
If you answered "no" to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to ride more safely in the car. Riding in a booster seat is more comfortable, too! See details on NM seat belt laws.
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