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Should a 7 year old still be in a car seat even if they're 135cm tall?

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24carrot Sun 05-Mar-17 08:08:52

Hello, my DS is 5.5 and 123cm tall (98th centile). Looking at his chart, at the rate he's growing he should hit 135cm when he is 7. The govt says children should stay in a car seat until they are 135cm or 12 years old, whichever comes first. But is 7 still too young? I'm asking because am expecting DC3 and we could get by without changing our car for a while longer (Audi A6) if the eldest comes out of the car seat in the next couple of years. What do you think??

cheeeeselover Sun 05-Mar-17 08:18:42

If he's 135cm before age 12 then he won't need a car seat anymore . I don't understand really what the age 12 has to do with it as I'd have thought it should just go by height as it's a safety issue.

DulliDulli Sun 05-Mar-17 08:20:53

DS is 7 and 136cm, he is on a booster seat with no back. He still seems to small for no car seat at all.

PolterGoose Sun 05-Mar-17 08:22:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DulliDulli Sun 05-Mar-17 08:23:44

Too 😬

Hellmouth Sun 05-Mar-17 08:24:06

I think it's to do with their level of development, or risk of injury in a car crash.

Spink Sun 05-Mar-17 08:52:38

Ds is 10, he is taller than 1.35 but all legs, so as his body is relatively short the belt still isn't low enough at his neck/ shoulder - we found this a useful guide, it's a 5 point check based on what is safe..

http://thecarseatlady.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/screen-shot-2014-03-08-at-2-17-42-pm.png

24carrot Sun 05-Mar-17 21:48:27

Thanks so much - I guess we'll just have to see when the time comes but that picture is so useful Spink, and makes a lot of sense. Of course they will all be built differently, even at the same height. Better start investigating a new car at least then! My husband will be happy...

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