When Children Should Use a Seat Belt - Step 4
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.