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Old 01-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Locking the seatbelt when using a booster

Title says it all. Was just asked if the seatbelt can be locked when the child is riding in the booster seat. My thought being that if the kid needs it locked in order for him to stay put then he should be in a harness. But I am really not sure.

I want to say no, but I'm sure I recall seeing a tech here say she does it.

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Depends on the booster. Some allow it and some don't.

I agree--if you need to lock, you aren't ready. But sometimes if the harnessed seat is outgrown, this is the safer option.
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I kept DS in a harness until he was plenty mature enough for a booster, but for sensory reasons he liked the belt locked. I let him do it, but then there was a discussion about it on cso and they convinced me it may not be a good idea. Higher risk of submarining I think, with it locked. Anyway, it took some getting used to, but he's ok with it not being locked now. So it's not something people just do to keep kids in place, and yes there may be some safety risks associated with it.
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Thanks. I have asked what he is riding in and I will address the risk of submarining.

She is doing it for behaviour reasons. That much I know.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:35 PM   #5
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Oh the irony here. She said she is locking the seatbelt because he tucks it under his arm and he doesn't do it when she locks it.

The ironic part. He is riding in a Nautilus. I basically told her my only recommendation is to replace the harness and keep him harnessed.
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Re: Locking the seatbelt when using a booster

At that point, I would harness too.
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Re: Locking the seatbelt when using a booster

If the kid isn't ready for a booster, he shouldn't be in one - and behaving like that is definitely not ready for one! With a Nauti, that's a super easy "fix"!
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If the kid isn't ready for a booster, he shouldn't be in one - and behaving like that is definitely not ready for one! With a Nauti, that's a super easy "fix"!
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Re: Locking the seatbelt when using a booster

I ended up telling her that the harness needs to go back in the Nauti, then she said that it was in her husbands vehicle that he rode in a booster, which makes no sense since I specifically asked her what he was riding in when she needed to lock the belt and she said Radian. I suggested she pick up a harmony harnessed seat for her husbands vehicle because regardless of whether locking the belt is allowed or not, harnessing him is the best option as he is exhibiting that he isn't mature enough to ride in a booster,

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