My DD is 5 & height-wise off the charts. She is still in a 5pt harness and will stay in it as long as I can do it up. She asks why all her friends use 'big seatbelts' and I just say because that was their Mummy's choice but I believe her seatbelt will keep her safer if we have an accident' and she is fine with that. I haven't had an adult comment on it and I wouldn't care anyway.
I just bought a new seat to be able to keep my 4yo harnessed as long as possible. I had a weight based ezy combo but she's nearly 18kg and I'm not ready to put her in a seat belt.
Seats are height based now, not weight, so the 18kg thing shouldn't apply for a 2010 standard seat.
There's a great group on FB for advice on this kind of thing. PM me if you want the details, I'm not sure if I can post it.
I believe the seat belt is safer once they are of age, or they wouldn't have those recommendations.
I have a 2.5yr old who is off the charts for height and weight. She's 23kg. I will be turning her at the height marker.
Once DS was over 18kg I put him in the booster with adult seat belt. No way would I put a child over 18kg in a 5 point harness, they're not designed for that.
Seats made prior to the 2010 standard were weight based, and yes were only to 18kg in harness mode (though tested to 22kg). Now they are height based. Many manufacturers even say you can use the harness past the marker if the child is below 32kg. But reading the manual would be the best bet to make sure what you're hearing applies to your seat
Keep him harnessed as long as possible, keeping him safer! The law is a minimum and you should always use your seat to its maximum before moving to the next step.
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