Skip to main content
Go to homepage

Print Page

When Can a Child Switch to a Regular Seatbelt?

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 with their feet touching the floor.
  • The lap belt fits comfortably across the upper thighs and hips (not the stomach).
  • The shoulder strap goes across the chest and shoulder, never beneath a child's arm, behind their back, or across their neck.
  • They can sit safely for the entire ride without slouching or leaning.

Usually, this happens when kids are between 8 and 12 years old and around 4 feet 9 inches (about 150 centimeters) tall.

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends that kids younger than 13 years old always ride in the back seat.

Continue to use a booster seat if your child cannot sit properly or wear the seatbelt correctly.

Reviewed by: Amy W. Anzilotti, MD
Date Reviewed: Mar 20, 2023

Lea este articulo en Español

What next?

By using this site, you consent to our use of cookies. To learn more, read our privacy policy.

Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
There are 10 nurses in the picture.

And we have many more pediatric primary care providers in Northeast Ohio. You can meet some of them here.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The five differences are:
– Phone color
– Coat pocket
– Stethoscope earpiece color
– Stethoscope bell dot
– Clipboard paper color

Need help finding a doctor, choosing a location or getting a general question about Akron Children's answered? Call us or fill out the form and we'll help in any way we can.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The two matching doctors are 9 and 14.

With virtual visits, you can see our pediatric experts from the comfort of home or wherever you are.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The correct path:
The Correct Path
We offer many ways to get pediatric care all over Northeast Ohio. Use this page to find the right kind of care and the most convenient location for you.