At what age can a child use a regular seat belt? Kids can start wearing a regular seatbelt when they can easily rest their back against the seat of the car and bend their knees over the edge of the seat. Usually, this happens when kids are between 8 and 12 years old and around 4 feet 9 inches (about 150 centimeters) tall.
Are lap belts safe for kids? When adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too. A lap and shoulder belt provides the best protection for your children and should be used on every ride.
How should a seat belt fit an 8 year old? Your child’s knees should bend at the edge of the seat when her back and bottom are against the vehicle seat back. Her feet should touch the floor for comfort and stability. Check the lap belt. The vehicle lap belt must fit snugly across the hips or upper thighs.
Can a 4 year old be in a seat belt? Children ages 4 through 7 and between 40 and 80 pounds and under 57 inches tall must be in a car seat or booster seat. Children at least 4 years old and at least 80 pounds or 57 inches must be in a booster seat or adult seat belt. Adult seat belts are allowed for children ages 8 through 16.