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Most children do not fit into a seat belt properly until they are around 12 years old.

The 5 Step Test can help you check if your child is ready to wear an adult seat belt.

'The 5 step test'

The '5 step test' to check if your child is ready to move from a booster to a seat belt

  1. Can your child sit all the way back against the seat? YES or NO
  2. Do your child's knees bend comfortably in front of the edge of the seat? YES or NO
  3. Does the sash (shoulder) belt sit across the middle of the shoulder not on the neck or the arm? YES or NO
  4. Is the lap belt sitting low across the hip bones touching the thighs? YES or NO
  5. Can your child stay seated like this for the whole trip? YES or NO

YES = 5: YES Seat Belt

NO = 1 or more: NO Booster Seat