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    Child safety seats regarding riding in a Jeep?

    The major requirements of Virginia's Child Safety Seat Law:

    • Effective July 1, 2007: Child restraint devices are required for children through the age of seven (until 8th birthday). Safety seats must be properly used and approved by Department of Transportation standards.

    No person under age 16 shall be transported in the rear cargo area of a pickup truck.



    Okay Alex is soon to be nine so if I understand this correctly he does not have to be in a child safety seat any longer. However, This link states otherwise.

    http://depts.washington.edu/booster/..._fit_test.html



    Hunter on the other hand is only six and he does.

    Hunter rides in the rear of the Jeep in the seat with a child seat. IMHO the child seat sets him too high up with the top off even though he's strapped in good.

    I feel it's safer for him not to be elevated via a child seat yet we have the law.

    Off road this is not an issue only trying to abide by the law while driving from A --> B

    The kids really like going with me in the JEEP but when it comes to the law I've been breaking it.

    Need to stop, I guess. Maybe take the seat back out to prevent temptation. The sad thing is I just got the seat so they could ride with me once in a while but the intention was mostly for off road.
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    The new kiddy-seat laws are just nuts, must have been dreamed up by some politician with stock in kiddy-seat comapnies

    I can't imagine how hard its going to be to fit a 7-8yr old in a car-seat, many kids that age are pretty tall.
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    yep they should judge by height and not age



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    When you say kiddie seat, do you mean a one-piece bucket type seat or something else

    Our last child seat was a two piece one - a booster seat and a back rest which clipped together to form a single seat. When he got a bit bigger and no longer needed the back bit (was able to use the normal car seat belt) we just used the seat section to boost his height. This served two purposes, to enable the seat belt to sit at the correct height, and also allowed him to see over the window cill a bit better too To be honest, if necessary, he could probably still use the whole seat comfortably

    The law here is factored on weight and height rather than age ...... Another thing some european countries have (though not us) is that children under a certain age (generally 10/12) are not allowed to tavel in the front passenger seat
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    I was thinking either or but the law does not really account for booster seats. It's my understanding that a booster seat comes into play when a child like my boy "Alex" who is eight but not 4'9' and not 80 pounds, hence, he should have a booster seat to allow the seat belt to fit across the shoulder in the right area.

    The Jeep is a 1995, and the rear seat I just installed only has lap belts.

    With the Jeep's top off and the boys in the back without a child seat I'm breaking the law. Yet, if you toss in the child seat then you elevate the child in the seat. Since there is no top on the Jeep, this concerns me.

    Maybe these would be ideal.

    http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...=760195&page=2
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    Del, the link you posted in you first reply was for Washington State s you may be within the law. Do the have a calculator for Virginia?
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    here in tx it just changed from 4 yr or 40 lb to 60 lb or 6 yr's.. 8 seems to old. hell my 8 yr old is almost as tall as my wife. lol
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    I asked a copper the other day and he stated it's one or the other. Hence, Alex is ok in a lap belt because he's eight, even though he only 60LBS and he's not 4'9" either.

    Hunter requires a booster seat or child seat. I've decided I would buy a four point harness for the rear seat and remove both set of seat belts and bolt in the harnesses. Then Hunter will have plenty of room because the car seat is just awkward and a bit tight when he strapped in.

    If I get a ticket, I get a ticket. A harness will be safer than a car seat which moves side to side.

    I'll never forget. I will strive to live up to the examples you both set.

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    Happy Father's Day dad

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    Virginia vehicle laws blow in every aspect. I doubt theyd pull you for that though, and Im not sure how theyd prove his age TO YOU to give you a ticket. Just be like, "sure he's 8, check his ID"

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