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When Children Should Use a Seat Belt - Step 4

Car seat safety at Phoenix Children's Hospital

In Arizona, motor vehicle collisions are the most common cause of preventable deaths of children. Using a seat belt and sitting in the back seat drastically reduces a child's risk of injury or death. 

How and When to Use a Seat Belt

Your child is ready to move from a booster seat to a seat belt when they are over 4 feet, 9 inches tall.  Usually children are between the ages of 8 to 12 when they reach 4 feet, 9 inches tall.

Video:  Ready for a Seat Belt - Step 4  

Watch Angelica, from Phoenix Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program, explain how to tell when you're child is ready for a seat belt, and how to properly fit a seat belt on your child.

Facts About Seat Belts

  • Children who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall should use a lap and shoulder seat belt in the back seat of the car.
  • Children must be tall enough to sit with their knees bent over the edge of the seat.
  • The lap belt should fit, low over the thighs and hips and the shoulder belt should fit snug across the shoulder.
  • Never put a shoulder belt under the child’s arm or behind the child’s back.
  • Children under the age of 13 should always ride in the back seat.

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