Thursday, September 10, 2009

Booster Seats

A bunch of new booster seat laws went into effect this Sept although many states already had laws. Texas was one of these states which is why I got an update but then I realized that I had not ever checked Colorado laws. I had seen the promotions in Utah about their new booster seat laws so I knew the age there was 8 years old. Texas's new age is now 8 years too. Colorado is 6 years old but they also have a height requirement with it. Seth really wants to sit in a booster seat but he isn't 3 yet and here in CO (from my understanding) it is illegal to put a child into a booster seat until they are 40 lbs. Almost all booster seats require a child to at least 3 years old before it is safe to use them with a seatbelt so it isn't like the CO law is that far off. Seth isn't quite heavy enough and I am not about to move him because it is so much more dangerous. Also, it really is better to wait till they are 4 (I am not sure we'll make it another year ;) Of course, when I say booster seat I am talking about a seat that only uses the seat belt. There are boosters with a 5 point harness that are safe for children under 4. I don't know what the Texas law is about when you are allowed to move a child to a booster seat. Utah's law requires the the child meet all the height and weight and age requirements before you can legally move them to a booster seat. This means that the child will have to be 3 and at least 38 inches tall. Our older booster seats require a weight of at least 35 lbs but I have seen new ones that only require 30 lbs. Seth isn't 3 so he can't legally ride in a booster seat in any state in the US but it is hard to convince him to stay in his carseat. When Josh was a baby we turned him forward facing right around 13 months because he just couldn't take it any longer. With the other boys it was easier to keep them backwards because they had brothers to interact with when they were still backwards. I try to keep them rear facing longer because it is so much safer but we usually don't make it more than a couple of months past 12 months. Now what to do with Seth? And what to do with Hyrum? He is legal here but when we drive to and through other states he is not. I have a backless booster for him but he is resistant to it :)
Also...why is it so confusing? States really need to do a better job letting people know the carseat and booster laws!! Hmmmm....

7 comments:

Raspberry said...

Oh good grief. I thought when they were old enough you just strapped them in. sigh. Another thing I'll probably not get right.

Hilary said...

I think I just go with what the manufacturer says. I don't think they have laws here about when you can go into a booster -- they just say follow the manu. recommendations.
My oldest is 9, and I still have him in a booster, he's not yet 60 pounds... not really even close.
My other one is 5 and only 35 pounds, I put him in a booster every now and then -- mostly when he's in other's cars.
Craz!

Flying Princess said...

My three year old was moved to a booster seat when I decided to give the GIANT carseat to my sister for her one-year-old who could finally turn around.

BUT she is such an accomplished escape artist that she is in jeopardy of being put back into a 5pt harness.

And the sleeping in the car is more comfy in those big chairs, too.

Flying Princess said...

Oh, and until three months ago they were ALL just in seatbelts most of the time.

Tonia said...

Cops look for the knees. They don't actually know your child's age or weight so if the knees can bend over the seat they don't need anything. If they have to scoot forward to bend their knees then they need a seat.

merathon said...

i'm with you on leaving them rear-facing as long as possible. it seems every is dying to turn them around as quickly as they can (or sooner than they should) and i just don't understand what the rush is when it's so much safer to leave them rear-facing!

i really just wish they had national carseat standards. why would that be so hard? should you really have to worry about whether you're following the laws or not when you're traveling?

Corrine said...

just have hyrum practice saying he is eight:) is he not tall enough?