Keep Your Children Safe While on the Road!
Guidelines to Keep Your Children Safe in Your Vehicle
Here at Brooklyn Mitsubishi, many of us remember riding in cars that were not outfitted with seatbelts. In fact, some of us vaguely recall our Mom holding our younger siblings while riding shotgun as Dad drove. It’s a miracle that we survived! Today, Mitsubishi vehicles come with a plethora of safety features to help keep our children protected. Even with all of these innovations, it is still extremely important for you to follow some guidelines to keep your children safe in your vehicle!
When Will My Child be Ready for a Booster Seat?
This answer can vary based on the height and weight of your child and the car seat that you are currently using. You will certainly want to check your car seat’s owner’s manual for verification, but the general rule of thumb is that your child should weigh between 40 and 65 pounds.
When Can My Child Graduate from the Booster Seat?
Again, this depends on the growth rate of the child, but they will be ready to use regular seatbelts when they reach the 8 to 12-year age range and the minimum height of 4 feet, 9 inches.
When Can My Child Start Sitting in the Front Seat?
Your child can start riding shotgun when they reach the age of 12 and can correctly sit in the regular seats without a booster.
How Do I Get My Child to Wear the Seat Belt?
We have all seen it before: a child (or more so a teenager) refuses to wear a seatbelt because it is “uncomfortable”, “it will wrinkle their outfit”, or “they don’t plan on getting in an accident”. If you are struggling with this problem, there are a few ways to try and solve it. The first and best one is to set a good example by always wearing your seatbelt and discuss the importance of vehicle safety. Another solution is to make a clear rule to not start the vehicle or shift it into gear until all seatbelts are fastened. If your child/teenager is desperate to get to the mall or a friend’s house, they should eventually comply. If worse comes to worst, get out of the vehicle, go back in the house, and refuse to take them where they want/need to go.