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Booster Seats for Lap Belt
I need to find a booster seat that will go over 40 lbs/43 inches (the measurements I've been seeing on most boosters to use the internal harness) and attach using only a lap belt. Our babysitter's car has only lap belts in the back, and I don't like the option of putting my daughter in the front seat. She's rapidly outgrowing the toddler seat the babysitter has - not so much in weight as in height, but the weight will come eventually too. The archive lists this question, but no good answers. Does anyone know of a booster that can go beyond 40 lbs and use only a lap belt? Thanks, Nancy
You would seem to have 3 options: get shoulder belts installed, have your child ride in the front seat (as long as there is no airbag or it is turned off) or buy a Britax Husky or similar seat. All the best, susan
All that said when it comes time to switch her out of the seat you have a few choices non of them very cheap. You could get the britax husky http://www.babyuniverse.com/pro.asp?store=baby&lang=&id=26529 it is 5 point harness to 80 pounds ( great seat that is what we have although it is really big) Second there is the britax marathon http://www.babyuniverse.com/pro.asp?store=baby&lang=&id=30007 5 point harness to 65 pounds and the airway http://shop.store.yahoo.com/kidsurplus/nanairway.html which is 5 point to I think 50 pounds then it changes to a belt positioner that needs a shoulder strap. Lastly you can try to get a britax laptop used maybe on e-bay.because they no longer make it because of the latch compatable law.
Anyway good luck Melinda
If for whatever reason you cannot buy a Marathon or Husky and your child has outgrown her toddler seat, she'll have to use a belt-positioning booster seat and is probably better off in the front seat (pushed as far back as possible) of the babysitter's car. I assume that if the car does not have shoulder belts in the rear, it probably also does not have airbags in the front. Given that, I'd think having the shoulder belt would offest the increased risk from being in the front seat.
Alternatively, get the babysitter's car's seatbelts retrofitted to add shoulder belts. This is possible in many older cars. Consult a dealer. anon
Does anyone have any information about carseats/booster seats for older children where there are no shoulder belts in the back? When I did research awhile ago, I couldn't find any booster seat that was designed for lap belt only. They all said to use the shoulder belt once kids got over a certain weight. The front has a shoulder belt and no airbags, but I still didn't feel comfortable having her in the front consistently. I still have the car and was wondering if anyone had any ideas. I'm also wondering how this new legislation will apply to these older cars. meghan
" Kids Ages 4 to 8 May Be at Risk in Your Car"
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