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Are there booster seats for vehicles without shoulder belts?

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2015-07-15 21:21:43
2015-07-15 21:21:43

All booster seats can be used with a shoulder belt as far as I know. The best are the kind with a back on them. Just follow the directions that come with it. And you can ask store people, they may know a lot about them.

Someone answer his question. I have the same question. We have the boosters that go with shoulder belts, but we don't have shoulder belts in our cars. The mfg. instructions for our booster seat say not to use it with only a lap belt. The state says we have to use a booster, so we're stuck.

There is NO booster seat on the market that can be used without a shoulder belt. BUT you do have options.

First, you can purchase a seat that will harness your child over the 40lb weight limit of most traditional carseats. Seats that do this are the Britax Marathon, or Britax Husky.

If that is not an option, then using a harness system such as the EZ-On (

Your last option is to have shoulder belts retrofitted for the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle this could cost about $200+. Also, you cannot have a shoulder belt put in the center position of a car.

In the mean time and as a very very last resort, you can put the child in the front seat (as long as there is NO airbag) using the shoulder belt in the passenger side position. Make sure you push the vehicle seat all the way back.

On a side note: also about lap only belts. It is EXTREAMLY unsafe for ANYONE to use a lap only belt. There are 2 types of injuries that are associated with lap only belts. The first being Head and/or neck injury. This is caused when the individual is thrown forward and has no upper body restraint. And the second is called seat belt syndrom. These injuries typically include 1. severe abdominal injuries, 2. fractures of the lumbar spine, and 3. serious closed head and facial injuries. For more great info on lap belt only dangers please check out this site:


Jen E. CPS Technician and mom to 3 in seats!

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