Safety & Preparedness

When can my child use a car safety belt?

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  • AJames Fortenberry, Pediatrics, answered on behalf of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    Your child is ready to use a safety belt when:

    • He can keep his back against the vehicle seat and his knees are completely bent over the seat edge.
    • His feet rest flat on the floor.
    • The lap belt is low and snug across his upper thighs and the shoulder belt crosses the center of his chest and collarbone.

    For more safety tips, visit or call 404-250-KIDS. As the lead agency for Safe Kids Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta strives to protect children from preventable injury and death. Safe Kids Georgia is dedicated to fighting the No. 1 killer of children—accidental injuries.

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