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Can a 8yr old use an adult seat belt?

(16 Posts)
Jas8085 Fri 10-Mar-17 14:22:52

I ferry 2 kids to music lessons in my car every week. My child has a booster seat (backless). The other child's mum insists that its ok for the child to wear adult's seat belt. We did that for 2 weeks and now my child also wants to use just the adult seat belt. For some reason, I feel uncomfortable around this arrangement. Aren't they supposed to be using booster seats until 12? Or is it ok for 8 ?

savagehk Fri 10-Mar-17 14:24:37

If they're tall enough (unlikely)? www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/using-a-child-car-seat-or-booster-seat

titchy Fri 10-Mar-17 15:06:14

It's fine as long as they're tall enough.

titchy Fri 10-Mar-17 15:06:46

Booster seats at 12 - lol you obviously don't have a child that age!

EyeStye Fri 10-Mar-17 15:10:53

My eldest was 135cm at 8, before she was 9. I kept using one for long journeys sometimes but it wasn't necessary.

EyeStye Fri 10-Mar-17 15:11:06

*shortly before she was 9 that should say

likewhatevs Fri 10-Mar-17 15:12:01

www.madeformums.com/news-and-gossip/booster-seat-law---uk-changes-and-updates/41270.html

If its obviously cutting across their neck/face, then they are obviously too short.
If it sits comfortably across their shoulders like it would an adult, then clearly it fits.
FWIW I have a (large framed and above average height) 7 year old who still sits in his high back booster and will remain there until he's too big. He is clearly too short to sit in a car without a booster of any kind

ohidoliketobebesidethecoast Fri 10-Mar-17 15:14:04

Ha ha, yes, both mine were bigger than me at 12 (and I'm pretty average height for a woman), so I guess maybe I need a booster seat for driving :-D

Hoppinggreen Fri 10-Mar-17 21:47:40

Mine does but he is tall enough

Andbabymakesthree Fri 10-Mar-17 21:58:28

Unless he's 150cm it's unlikely the adult seat belt fits him properly despite the legal minimum for no seat is 150cm.

He'd be safer in a seat.

Andbabymakesthree Fri 10-Mar-17 22:02:51

Also my car my rules. I often booster kids whose parents don't.

LackBladder Fri 10-Mar-17 22:04:58

Legal minimum for no seat is 135cm, or 12 years, whichever comes first. If the child is 135cm+, then it's not an issue.

RedBugMug Fri 10-Mar-17 22:55:51

my 150cm 10yo is still in a hhb. it's much much safer than booster cushion or no seatbelt.
have a look at some crash test videos.

EskSmith Fri 10-Mar-17 23:01:06

My dd1 is 148 cm & has just outgrown her hbb (shoulders hitting the headrest). Even now the adult seatbelt doesn't sit properly on her, she's moved to a booster cushion which works as it "guides" the seatbelt better. My dd2 is just 8 and 139cm. Despite being legally tall enough to travel without one IMO she has a way to go until she will be out of her hbb & when travelling in other cars I provide a booster seat.

stitchglitched Fri 10-Mar-17 23:01:56

My 8 year old does but he's well over the height limit.

Andbabymakesthree Sat 11-Mar-17 22:25:30

Doh sorry yes legal minimum is 135cm. This new baby has fried my brain

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