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Old 09-01-2009, 06:47 PM
 
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As I understand it, now kids in San Antonio & Texas need to be in a car seat until either 8 or 80lbs {feel free to correct me if I'm wrong}.

Booster seats start at 40lbs or thereabouts, and require a shoulder belt to use on all models I've found.

What are you supposed to do if your vehicle doesn't HAVE shoulder belts?

I just got a ticket from windcrest PD for improper use of a car seat due to not using a shoulder belt. My daughter is 40lbs, and 44 inches tall at 3yo, requiring me to put her in a booster. My van {1998 stretch van seats 15 with handicapped lift} doesn't have shoulder belts ANYWHERE in it - so how am I to install her car seat booster with a shoulder belt? I've already looked into adding shoulder belts and was told it was not possible due to the set up of the van for the lift.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Boerne area
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Here ya go - looks like instead of installing a shoulder belt you can get a car seat with a 5 point restraint that goes up to 80 lbs. These are expensive, but are the safest things out there anyway.

Berkeley Parents Network: Booster Seats for Lap Belt
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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Here ya go - looks like instead of installing a shoulder belt you can get a car seat with a 5 point restraint that goes up to 80 lbs. These are expensive, but are the safest things out there anyway.

Berkeley Parents Network: Booster Seats for Lap Belt
They no longer make the seats mentioned there. The only 5 point harness seats I've found that would work for my daughter's height and weight all require LATCH - another thing my van doesn't have and can't be retrofitted
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Boerne area
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hum. Well, that is what i get for a 1 minute google. After reading more, it appears to be a problem with getting crushed between the harness holding back and the seat moving forward (when used w/o the tether).

So....what about retrofitting the van with a tether ring....or maybe changing out one of the seats - the whole seat, not just the seat belt?

Maybe call the DMV or the police dept and ask them.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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The Texas Dept. of Public Safety is the agency that "oversees" this law. Try calling them to get some guidance. SAPD might be able to help.

If that doesn't work, try calling one of the local hospitals and ask to speak to the department that manages car and infant safety. I know that University, Methodist, and Baptist have programs for infant seats, and University has a focus on booster seats as well. One of their staff members might be able to provide some guidance on what your options are.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: SATX
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There are seats on the market for larger children who still need to be in a 5 point harness. I just did a google search and found multiple seats instantly. The first one I looked at says you can harness up till 65 pounds, and the height is for up to 57" tall.
Safety 1st Apex 65 Booster Car Seat in Modern Blue

You may have to shop around or order off the internet to find what you need, because I have noticed the stores seem to carry the standard up to 40 pound car seats. Your child is the safest in a 5 point harness. If at some point you are no longer driving the van that can not be retrofitted (as you said) and driving a vehicle that has shoulder belts then she can ride in a booster (after age 4 is the guidleine for that).
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Tetons, WY
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They were having massive problems with fatalities from kids left unrestrained. I am kind of glad they are finally cramping down on this law. Although I wish the PD gave you a warning, rather than a ticket.

Btw, if your child is under 8 and taller than 4'9", you won't need a safety seat for her.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Griesheim, Germany
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this is where a judge should step in and realize the officer was probably just looking to generate more revenue.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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There are seats on the market for larger children who still need to be in a 5 point harness. I just did a google search and found multiple seats instantly. The first one I looked at says you can harness up till 65 pounds, and the height is for up to 57" tall.
Safety 1st Apex 65 Booster Car Seat in Modern Blue

You may have to shop around or order off the internet to find what you need, because I have noticed the stores seem to carry the standard up to 40 pound car seats. Your child is the safest in a 5 point harness. If at some point you are no longer driving the van that can not be retrofitted (as you said) and driving a vehicle that has shoulder belts then she can ride in a booster (after age 4 is the guidleine for that).
We used that exact seat for our daughter, the Safety 1st Apex 65. It was the least expensive at the time, and is also called the Alpha Elite. She was a big kid but wouldn't sit properly in the booster with just the shoulder belt.... but here is another page about solutions for cars with lap only belts:

CPSafety - Your online child passenger safety resource

We had a similar problem long ago when I was driving a 1982 vehicle and used one of the seats on that page (now discontinued, unfortunately) called the Fisher Price Futura.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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They were having massive problems with fatalities from kids left unrestrained. I am kind of glad they are finally cramping down on this law. Although I wish the PD gave you a warning, rather than a ticket.
Tickets will not be issued until June 1, 2009. Then, its a $25 fine for the first violation. All of the fines collected will go to providing booster seats to low income families that could not otherwise afford it.

Good website to reference: Boost Texas
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