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    Default Booster car seats - with harness or seat belt?

    Just wondering how many of you use your car's existing lap-sash seat belt with a booster seat and how many use a Protecta Harness? We bought a harness but when installing it tonight I didn't like all the fiddling involved with getting the seat belt on and off (especially as I have two other children to get in the car also). So we've gone with the car's seat belt instead. Wondering if it is as safe.

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    Some believe that a harness is safer, others refuse to use one because they believe the harness to be more dangerous. It's one of those things where you just do your own research, talk to people from the Ambulance service, the RAC in your state, and the Dept of Transport as well as read different reviews and stories on the Net about it. I've got a Protecta Harness to use with the Maxi Rider, but it's something I'm undecided on as yet. Mine is 7 and reaching the upper weight limit for the 5 point harness so it's decision time in the next month or so I believe for us, still not sure though.

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    I don't use the harness, and use only the lap-sash seatbelt for DD in her booster seat.

    Read this article

    It is long, and confusing to some extent, but the table on the bottom of page 7, and the conclusion on page 10 sums it up, and helped me decide not to use the harness.

    Based on pelvic restraint, head excursion and abdominal injury
    potential, results from this study suggest that in frontal impact
    at least, accessory child safety harness systems provide no better
    protection than lap–shoulder belt systems. When accessory child
    safety harness systems aremisused the level of protection provided
    is seriously degraded.Given the high frequencies of child safety harness system misuse seen in field observation studies, and the fact
    that even when correctly used these system provide no improvement over a lap–shoulder belt, it seems likely that the risks of injury
    outweigh any perceived benefit of a child safety harness system
    over a lap–shoulder system.

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    DD1 is in a lap-sash belt in her booster. But when bub arrives she'll be moved into the middle (shes at school so wont be in the car as much as the 2 littles) and it only has a lap belt so she'll have a H harness.

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    I had no idea that there were questions out there re the safety of the harnesses. If anything I thought the harness would be safer.

    Keen to hear from more people now on what they use and why.

    Thanks!

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    I have heard the harnesses are no safer than a lap sash. I think it depends on the child and circumstances though.

    I have 7yr old twins in boosters that anchor in. DD3 wears a lap sash but for the moment DD2 wears a harness. I will probably remove it after our holiday. I think she would be fine in a lap sash under normal circumstances but I don't think it would be the safest for her for a long trip.


 

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