It can be difficult when you are transporting another child in your car, who is the same age as yours, but who says they are too old for a booster seat.
What do you say/do when a nine-year-old guest insists they are too old for a booster?
Our advice: it is important to remember that if you are the driver of a vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure that all passengers are safely seated so that they would be protected in the event of a car accident.
Despite the law saying a child must be in a child restraint until they are eight years old, it is recommended (and is international best practice), that you use an appropriate child restraint/booster seat for a child who is less than 148 cm tall, or who is under 11 years of age.
What is the right age for a child to be able to sit in the front seat of the car?
This is somewhat of a grey area. The general guideline is that children 12 and under are safest in the back seat, although this doesn’t take into account height and weight (i.e. a 12-year-old could be taller than a fully grown adult). The back seat is the safest place for any passenger, regardless of age.
The law says that a child aged seven or over, but under the age of 15, may be seated in the front seat of a vehicle without an approved suitable child restraint if there is no back seat, or the back seat is already full of other children under 15 years old. The child must be restrained using the available safety belt.